Basic Education and Literacy
The September monthly theme of Rotary International - “Basic Education and Literacy” is a core part of the DL Noon Rotary club mission.   
When we look back at what we have accomplished in the past year, or couple years, it is easy to see that enhancing students’ chances of success through activities promoting education and literacy, is very important to the club members.  It is also a major focus for where are fundraising dollars are spent. 
Here are a few of the exciting things we have done this past year and some important things planned for the coming year:
Dictionary Project
  • Annually Distribute Dictionaries to each new 4th grade student to keep as their own
Dollars for Scholars
  • Annually provide 15-17 scholarships for DL, Frazee, Lake Park/Audubon students totaling nearly $20,000 each year
ECFE outdoor classrooms
  • Worked with DL Interact to incorporate numerous hands on learning stations in Frazee
  • Through a district grant and donations, provided funding for a multi-use pavilion which has been utilized by numerous students and other community groups
Boys and Girls Club
  • “Building Great Leaders” project provided research and funding for furniture, and features within the new B&G Club facility to enhance the ability, comfort, and desire of children to read and learn (A District Grant project done in conjunction with the DL Breakfast Rotary club)
  • 2019 Polar Plunge donations over $1000
  • Building fund donations for new facility – $5000 over 2 year period
Donated to local chapter of Dolly Pardon Imagination Library
  • Helps provide books for students
Work with the Interact Club at DLHS
  • Help provide resources/opportunities for students and foster the importance of both community and international service
Inbound and Outbound Exchange Students
  • Work with and financially support the RI Student Exchange program by sending and hosting students for international exchanges.  This year we do not have an inbound or outbound, and we are looking for potential future participation opportunities.
Visited with DL School Admin staff and all the new School teachers at a club meeting in August
  • Supported school in Haiti started by former Rotary exchange student
Basic Education and Literacy is one of the 6 Areas of Focus for The Rotary Foundation, and one of the basic needs to be targeted with Global Grant Projects.  For additional information on District 5580 efforts in this area, reference the district website and district newsletters.