Savannah Rotary Clubs Seek Community Volunteers to Read to Students

In March 2019, several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area hosted the second annual Savannah Rotary Read-In (SRRI), reading to students from pre-Kindergarten to the third grade in 33 schools and over 600 classrooms in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS).

“Rotary Read-In is playing a crucial role in the lives of very young children,” said Ellen B. Bolch, Rotary Club of Savannah President. “There is proven long term success that childhood literacy leads to good citizenship in a community.”

The third annual event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 from 9-10:30 a.m. SRRI 2020 will be reading to 35 schools and over 630 classrooms in the SCCPSS, reaching over 14,000 students in total.

“We hope to promote literacy with almost 15,000 local students at this event,” said Nina Gompels, past president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. “We asked the community to join with our Rotarians during the Read-In, and everyone read for about an hour.”

Nina Gompels and fellow member of the Rotary Club of Savannah Frank Moore, Jr., are the co-chairs of the event.

When he moved to Savannah in 2017, Moore, a retired businessman, brought the idea from his club in California, which ran the program for 26 successful years. The Rotary Club of Savannah then reached out to all of the other Rotary Clubs in the Greater Savannah area. Along with local businesses, groups, organizations and individuals, SRRI brought over 600 community volunteers to read and donate books to the youngest and most vulnerable students in our community.

“Our Rotary Read- In volunteers know the joy of sharing time and books with our youngest scholars. Children who are involved in programs with adult reading volunteers demonstrate improved academic outcomes. If you want to make a positive difference and enjoy spending time with children, join hundreds of caring adults as an SRRI volunteer in SCCPSS elementary classrooms on March 25, 2020. Volunteering to read is a great way to help support our newest generation of readers.” said Dr. Ann Levett, Superintendent of SCCPSS.

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