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FROM READERS: Columbia Metro Rotary celebrates partnership in education

By NORM BENEDICT/MISSOURIAN READER
April 30, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Columbia Metro Rotary Club held its weekly lunch and meeting at Field Elementary School. The group celebrated its 10th anniversary with Partners in Education with teachers, administrators, district board of education members and students.

Norm Benedict is a Columbia native, author of "Thumbs Up, V for Victory, I Love You" and a member of the Columbia Metro Rotary club. The Columbia Metro Rotary became involved in the Partners in Education volunteer program in 2003 to help students improve their literacy skills.

Earlier this month, Columbia Metro Rotary celebrated its 10th Anniversary as a Partner in Education with the Columbia Public Schools’ Title I Program.

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In honor of the occasion, Metro’s weekly lunch and meeting was held at Field Elementary School. Specials guests that day were the Title I students, teachers, administrators and district board of education members.

Columbia Metro Rotarians began this volunteer program in 2003. The purpose was to help Title I youngsters improve their literacy skills. Today, more than 20 Metro members read to, listen to and interact with these students on a regular basis.

Through this partnership, many books have been purchased for the students, heightening their ability to read and to understand the importance of this vital education link. To provide further impetus for this program, Metro Rotarians annually announce and present Literacy Development Awards to Title I teachers, helping them financially assist their efforts in this essential area.

Since its 1993 founding, Columbia Metro Rotary has represented a cross-section of men and women from the city’s business and professional ranks. Columbia Metro is part of Rotary International, a global network of community volunteers who provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary Clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious and open to all cultures, races and creeds, with approximately 1.2 million active today in more than 200 countries.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.