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Rotary Gives Literacy Grants

Long Beach Rotary and its charitable foundation recently announced the winners of nearly $5,000 in literacy grants for teachers in pre-K through third grade classrooms.  The new grants are designed to reward innovative and creative reading and literacy efforts.

The winners are: Gant kindergarten teacher Jacklyn Love, $482.98 for Sing and Read Alphabet Collection big books; Barton second grade teacher Heather Evans, $2,000 for gardening-related books, self-contained lending library and child-sized outdoor furniture; International second grade teacher Cheryl Keys, $964.80 for informational texts to meet Common Core requirements primarily for students learning English as a second language; Bryant third grade teacher Ilana Brackett, $500 for copies of The Velveteen Rabbit and a copy of the Velveteen Principles; and Whittier kindergarten teacher Deanne Miller, $1,000 for weekend bookbags for kindergartners to take home to read with their families.

Rotary also has provided more than $400,000 in books to local students and school libraries since 1999.  This year, the service club’s Reading by 9 program will surpass 200,000 books donated.

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