WHO WE ARE
Read Around Perry (RAP) is a long-term community-wide initiative promoting literacy, founded by the Perry Rotary Club in 2012. In addition to Rotary members, RAP is composed of representatives from Perry Public Library, Partners for Prevention, Project Read, Literacy West NY Inc., and Perry Central School (PCS). At the heart of it, we are an enthusiastic group of Perry community members who believe that literacy is crucial for growing and sustaining strong communities.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
As readers grow older, books can be many things...
READING IS A LIFELONG SKILL.
WHAT WE DO
Perry Rotary Club currently promotes literacy and education by donating dictionaries to all third graders in the Perry, Wyoming, Warsaw and Letchworth school districts, in addition to funding scholarships and monetary awards to local schools. RAP further reinforces these important principles, and as Perry Rotary President Amanda Parker comments, "Read Around Perry cements Rotary's commitment to the community and to lifelong literacy."
"Any literacy program should be a two-prong approach, to reach the youngest and the community," says Bill Stavisky, PCS Superintendent and a Rotary member. "We must turn the corner on how parents view school and literacy."
Perry Elementary School principal Steve Haynes agrees: "As a partnership between Perry Rotary, Perry Central School District and numerous other local organizations, Read Around Perry has channeled efforts towards the development of child and adult literacy within the Perry community.”
RAP and the TOWN OF PERRY are celebrating the Bicentennial of the Perry with a call for entry for the official children's story for Perry. The deadline in June 1, 2014. The submission guidelines are available as a WORD DOC below.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Please browse our website, which will be updated with current events and helpful resources as time goes on. Also, if you "like" us on Facebook, our updates will appear on your News Feed. If you are interested in becoming more involved, see the sidebar on this page, "How Can I Help?"
Thank you for your time, and we welcome your feedback and support!
READ. LEARN. GROW.
READ AROUND PERRY / NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION / PERRY, NY 14530.