Rotary Read Aloud
What is the Rotary Read Aloud vision?
We envision a Northwest Florida where children receive world-class early education and care, thereby being fully prepared to learn upon entering kindergarten. This will become a reality because of a committed team of children, parents, volunteers, and professionals.
What is the Rotary Read Aloud Program?
Rotary Read Aloud is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Panama City and the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida.
The focus of this program is a reading day in which a Rotarian reads to pre-school children at their child care center or family child care home. On a typical reading day, a participating program will be visited by a volunteer Rotarian who will read a story book and then stay and talk with the children about the story and participate in extension activities that relate to the story. In addition to reading, the Rotary club donates a copy of the book they read to each child care center library so the story can be enjoyed again and again by the children. This creates a positive role model for children; they see a member of the adult community outside the school system committed to literacy and reading, and find a new and interesting selection of books with in their library.
The Coalition provides participating providers with take-home activity packs that encourage family involvement that children and parents can explore together! Families check out backpacks on Friday and return on Monday. Inside each pack, is a delightful paperback book and parent response card to encourage at-home reading plus all the materials for two corresponding activities.