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The Orange Rotary Club intent was to upgrade our local Orange High School to the 21st Century starting with the old, well-used library. Broken chairs and tables, damaged carpet, poor window blinds and computers over 15 years old all mean safety issues and poor conditions for all users.
Through press releases in our local newspaper the club was able to get the public’s attention to our project. We also announced our project at the Orange Unified School District Board meeting and engaged other groups through personal, one-on-one meetings.
The library at Orange High School is a central meeting place for students, parents, teachers and the community. The library is also used for after school activities and tutoring. The library project provided a point of pride for the oldest school in the district. The once modern Orange High School has fallen behind the times. This project has inspired the school district to begin the process for the community to consider a bond measure to upgrade the schools.
The Orange High School library project was not accomplished by our Club alone. We reached out to the Orange Unified School District Superintendent, the Orange High School Principal, a church that meets on campus, the campus ROTC students and teacher, and Skyview School and individuals. All these groups added to the project, supplying workers, dollars and ideas. We also received a $5000 Grant from District 5320.
The Orange Rotary Club members support the need to encourage students to read. We therefore participate in the National Education Association’s annual Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day.
Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.
Orange Rotary Club members volunteer their time as various local elementary schools. The club members are assigned a classroom and spend time reading to a group of elementary school students. This year we volunteered to read at Sycamore Elementary School.
The Orange Rotary Club received publicity in the local newspaper through an article. We also promoted our volunteer effort on our Facebook Page and in our bulletin. It will also be part of a power point presentation at our fundraiser April 4.
The over all benefit to the community is to encourage young students to read. Studies have shown that when adults read to children, children are more inclined to believe reading is important and therefore learn to read also. In addition, children enjoy having adults spend their time in an activity they also like – reading.
Reading stories are a great way to create imaginative thinkers. It also develops writing stills and abstract thinking.
The project is just one of the continuing programs and support efforts our club has with the Orange Unified School District. The program promotes Rotary to the students, their parents, and the teachers. We also support other projects in the district.
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