Rotary and Literacy

In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of world peace.  Rotary International has adopted basic education and literacy as an area of focus that reflects critical humanitarian needs.


Early literacy is critical to the success of a child’s later education. Rotarians must continually work with children and educators to encourage and build reading skills.  Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means of social and human development. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, achieving gender and racial equality and ensuring sustainable development for peace and democracy.   A good quality basic education equips pupils with literary skills for life and further learning to help meet pressing developments of society.


Literacy Observances

(mark your calendar)


March (entire month) – Rotary’s Literacy Month

September 8th – International Literacy Day

Rotary Literacy Project Ideas


  • Book Donation
  • Dr. Seuss read to students
  • Dictionary Donation
  • Library Support
  • Adopt a School
  • Spelling Bee Announcer/Judge
  • Reading Buddies
  • Talk on Education needed for Occupation
  • Listening to students for fluency and inflection and comprehension
  • Student Mentoring
  • Early Childhood Literacy
  • Adult Literacy
  • Special Needs student support
  • Goal setting for education with children

The Elk Grove Rotary Club supports Literacy Programs