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  Dr. Dennis Marks
District 6920 Literacy Chair
Rotary Club of Valdosta

Welcome to the District 6920 Literacy website! Basic Education and Literacy is one of the District's areas of focus. In 2021-2022, a plurality (19 of the 42) of the club projects receiving District Grant funds were in the Basic Education and Literacy focus area. The projects represent a total commitment of $54,577.42 in money, but are unmeasurable in the commitment of time and effort, and priceless in the lifelong impact they have on the lives of the young -- our future.

Here you will find ideas for literacy projects, links to potential partners, and descriptions of projects that proved successful. Use them as models for your club! If your club has succeeded with a Basic Education and Literacy project and would like to share its story, please email me at  

Some Literacy Project Ideas from Past District Literacy Chair Jeanette Caneega (pdf)

Club Activities Archive

--------------------   Rotary Literacy Partners  -------------------------------

<<<<  Dolly Parton's Imagination Library >>>>

"Dolly Parton Teams with Rotary International to Promote Early Childhood Reading"

"ATLANTA (March 6, 2009) - Entertainment legend and philanthropist Dolly Parton announced a groundbreaking partnership Friday between her Dollywood Foundation and Rotary International to promote early childhood reading."

"In an agreement approved by the leadership of Rotary International and the Dollywood Foundation, Rotary clubs in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom will support the Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library program, which provides books to children from birth until they enter kindergarten. Through the joint leadership of all three Georgia Rotary District Governors, all Rotary clubs in the state will be encouraged to participate." 

Local Affiliates/Partners 

The Imagination Library partners with Local Affiliates and Partners who help bring the program to cities, towns and communities around the world. Local Affiliates can be businesses, school districts, small or large organizations, or simply individuals who share in the mission and purpose of the Imagination Library. 

Local Affiliates are responsible for enrolling children who live within the geographical area they offered the program in. They promote their local programs online and at events. While the Imagination Library negotiates wholesale pricing for the books, the Local Affiliates and Partners are responsible for securing funds to cover that cost. Books are 100% free to enrolled children because their Local Affiliate has secured funds to cover the cost of the books and the shipping fees


For step-by-step instructions on how to become a DPIL local affiliate, go to
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, United States

Questions? Contact District 6920 Literacy Chair Dennis Marks (229-630-8486).


<<<< The Dictionary Project is a popular choice for District 6920 Rotary Clubs >>>>

The Dictionary Project is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. The goal of this program is to assist all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. The Dictionary Project gives 95 cents of every dollar donated toward the purchase of dictionaries. Read more at .


<<<< Four Way Test Coloring Book >>>>

Created by members of the Rotary Club of Millen, GA along with primary school teachers and school board officials during the 1991-92 Rotary year. This fantastic coloring book teaches children all about the virtues of The Four-Way Test with stories that they can easily relate to. The target group is first or second grade students. Provide these coloring books to the same grade every year. Teachers love them!
Available from Russell Hampton

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The Four-Way Test Coloring Book Program

Excellent Youth Program / Literacy Program / Four-Way Test Program for all Rotary Clubs.


Quantity Pricing Available


Club Activities

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Black-Tie Imaginary Ball to benefit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Sponsored by the Valdosta Rotary Club
Take a second to read through this incredibly clever (and lucrative) Invitation!



10+ members of the Rotary Club of Tifton participated in a Dictionary Distribution Project in November 2021,
giving out 624 dictionaries to every third grader in Tift County.
Assistant District Governor Marion Curry had applied for and received approval of a District grant to purchase the
dictionaries, and club publicity chair Bonnie Sayles agreed to coordinate the project.
Sayles recruited members to talk to classes about Rotary Club International, literacy, and the features of the
Initially, club members met with representatives of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence and
Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County on Nov. 1 to discuss the project, kicking off Family Literacy month.
When the books arrived, student volunteers from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, guided by the Literacy
Volunteers director, counted out the books for each of nine schools and attached labels designating them as gifts of
the Rotary Club. Liaisons with the Education Foundation arranged the days and times with the teachers and
principals of each school and took pictures on distribution day.
Club members were assigned schools to visit, and the visits kicked off on Nov. 11 and continued through Nov. 19.
Club members spoke individually to students in each classroom, describing the features of the dictionary, which is
called a "Gazetteer" because of its added features. One child pointed out to his classmates that the books contained
American Sign Language; another exclaimed over the periodic table. A third child pointed out the longest word
and shared the definition of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, a word you say when you don't know what else to
say. Another child was happy to see Roman numerals in the back of his book.
This dictionary, ordered from, defines literacy as "the ability to listen, speak, read,
write, view, represent, compute, and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function in the family, in
the community, and on the job." Members shared that definition with the students and encouraged each student to
find one new word to share with their classmates and teachers after the Thanksgiving break.
Tift County school superintendent Adam Hathaway is determined to have all third graders reading at grade level.
The Rotary Club of Tifton spent about 30 hours in November helping the community reach that goal!, defines literacy as "the ability to listen, speak, read, write, view, represent, compute, and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function in the family, in the community, and on the job." Members shared that definition with the students and encouraged each student to find one new word to share with their classmates and teachers after the Thanksgiving break.
Tift County school superintendent Adam Hathaway is determined to have all third graders reading at grade level. The Rotary Club of Tifton spent about 30 hours in November helping the community reach that goal!



The Nashville-Berrien Rotary Club was excited and honored to be able to provide a dictionary
to each 3rd grader at Berrien Elementary School in December!


Ocilla Rotary Club participated in D
ictionary Give Away to 3rd Graders


Rotary Club of Effingham distributes The Four-Way Test Coloring Book


The Rotary Clubs of Camden County and Kings Bay
started our local literacy project many years ago calling it Wee Read. We now have over 350 children on our list
that are receiving a Dolly Parton's Imagination Library book a month until the age of 5. President Paula
from the Kings Bay club attended a recent meeting of the Camden County club meeting and presented to President
Elect Heath a check for $1,500.00.


Reading Rockets seek volunteers for Zoom pilot

Nancy Matthews didn't need to be in the room on Thursday to provide the class of prekindergarten students at FACES with a captivating reading experience. Even from her home on St. Simons, the longtime Reading Rockets volunteer was able to connect with the students over Zoom and offer a high-energy reading of "Pete the Cat," a book clearly beloved by the class.

Matthews and other reading volunteers are in their second week of a new pilot version of the Reading Rockets program that launched this month and will run through the end of April. More volunteers are needed to read to the students during the next six weeks.

Reading Rockets, a program sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Simons and offered through a partnership with Marshes of Glynn Libraries, has in past years brought readers into pre-K and kindergarten classes once a week in an effort to promote literacy for the community's youth.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented readers from going into classrooms. This new Zoom pilot, in which the readers are called "Zoomers," aims to be a creative solution to the pandemic's challenges. "We were hoping, of course, all along to be able to have our volunteers just go back in the classroom as usual and read to the children," said Linda Muir, co-chair of the St, Simons Island Rotary's literacy committee. "The program's been around for 12 years come summer, and we've always just gone through a process where people volunteer, get trained and then they get assigned to a certain class."

At the start of this year, the idea formed to offer weekly readings via Zoom, during which a volunteer reader shares a story from their home with one or two classes of students.

"This is kind of like the flip side of the distance learning, when the teachers read to the kids when the kids were at home on the computer," Muir said. "Now the readers are at home on the computer reading into the classrooms, and they see the reader and the book on the big screen that's been mounted in their classroom." Muir is one of around a dozen volunteer readers, and she's been able to read from her home in Atlanta. "Instead of seeing one person, I'm seeing the whole classroom and the children sitting in their little squares on the carpet," she said.

Leslie Mattingly, a member of the Rotary Club of St. Simons who got the whole club onto Zoom soon after the onset of the pandemic, has been instrumental in creating the new Zoom version of Reading Rockets, Muir said. And Glynn County Schools staff members played a key role in supporting the rollout into classrooms. Assistant superintendent Tere Miller and her assistant Sheila Farmer made contact with the teachers and helped coordinate the weekly readings. The Reading Rockets coordinators also worked with local teachers to make sure the new program would work in their classrooms.

"It's a bit of a pilot to see if this can work and how the readers like it, how the kids like it and the teachers," Muir said. "Even going forward ---and we're going to be back in the classrooms we hope --- we would still have this Zooming alternative for maybe teachers who prefer it or readers who prefer it." About 11 volunteer spots are open now for a variety of time slots at different schools.

Volunteers are asked to have at least a basic familiarity with Zoom and PowerPoint, as both programs are used during the weekly readings. Training will be provided for all volunteers, during which they will get to do a test run with one of the Reading Rockets coordinators. "Even though you're reading to a classroom full of kids and there's a teacher there who has to go through a little bit different process, it's not any different from talking to anybody else on Zoom," Muir said.

Books are selected for the volunteers each week and sent in PowerPoint form at the start of the week. At the time of the reading, volunteers send a Zoom invitation to the teacher, who will be expecting their message. "We get it all coordinated with the teacher," Muir said. "The teacher knows to expect an invitation, so you just send an invitation to a Zoom meeting just like you do anybody." The teacher will get the students settled in front of the big screen, and the reader will have the chance to share that week's story.

Those interested in volunteering can email Muir at

"This is pretty much a pilot to prove that this technology can be used as a tool for Reading Rockets, and we're hopeful that next year the classrooms will be open to visitors and the volunteers will feel comfortable to go into them," Muir said. "And we would hope that people would want to continue to be Reading Rocket volunteers next year."


FROM GLENNVILLE CLUB - - Don Fountain Makes NEWS!!!
Don reads to local elementary students as part of a team of Glennville Rotarians volunteering to read to a
class in either pre-K or Kindergarten.
The team members read every other Friday for 30 minutes.