Area Rotary Clubs donate nearly 7,500 books for childhood reading

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 10:52 AM

Rotary Clubs and partners across central North Carolina donated nearly 52,000 books to public schools and to non-profit organizations that support literacy as part of the regional district's “Books on Hand” campaign to provide new and used books for elementary aged children. 

Durham's four Rotary clubs and the Hillsborough club played a big role in the broader effort by the 45 clubs of District 7710.  Gathering and donating nearly 7,500 books were volunteers from the Southwest Durham, Durham, North Durham and Sunrise Rotary clubs, as well as the Hillsborough club and institutional and individual partners.

 “We are proud that Durham's four clubs, our Hillsborough club, the East Durham Children's Initiative, the Durham Literacy Center and other spirited partners contributed to this effort across much of central North Carolina,” said Newman Aguiar, an assistant district governor of District 7710 and past president of Durham Rotary Club.  “We are grateful for the service of all volunteers.  They've demonstrated once again that Rotarians achieve the goals they set no matter how tall the challenge.”

He noted that a recent international study over a 20-year period indicated that a significant predictor of a child's academic success in school was the presence of books at home.

Among Durham-area recipients of new and used books are Book Harvest with 12,500; Y.E. Smith Elementary School with 3,644, and Neal Middle School with 588.

 “Books on Hand” began its efforts last December.