Worldwide, 67 million children have no access to education, and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. It is said that two out of three children cannot read at grade-level. Our members support educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
For information on Rotary International literacy projects, click on the link shown at the left.
       Lorie Rheams and Nancy Teichert are our District Literacy Co-Chairpersons.  Contact either of them at 
Nancy writes:  
"As a young girl growing up in a working class family in southern Indiana, I can remember so clearly the evening when a salesman peddling dictionaries knocked at our front door. It was a summer evening and my parents were in the back yard with neighbors on folding chairs, watching the children run around trying to catch fireflies.
My mother, who had never graduated from college, had hopes for her two daughters. She bought that dictionary for us on a payment schedule. It helped me through high school, college and a career as a journalist. I still have it today!
That’s how much a book can change a child’s life." 
Rotarians in District 5180 have a long history dedicated to literacy in our community to prepare our young people to grow up to be employable and good citizens.
Our clubs have a wide range of literacy projects tailored to the needs of their community and working with libraries and established programs to expand their reach. So, look at some programs listed below and find one that fits with your club.
1) The Rotary Club of Sacramento is challenging others to join us in the Walk4Literacy on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. The walkers and their sponsors will raise money to fund summer reading programs and other literacy projects. Club members will be coming to your meetings to encourage you to join us.
2) Your local public libraries have a wide range of literacy projects that you can support either by volunteering or providing funds, however small, to their proven programs. Check with your local librarians to see how you can be of help.
3) Many Rotary clubs have Dictionary Projects. Consider including a label or book mark with the name of the local public library, address, phone and hours of operation, noting that Books are Free.
4) Support local schools Interact Clubs by encouraging a book drive. Books can then be donated to local schools, food banks or other existing programs that work with “at risk” youth. Two good Sacramento programs include the Mustard Seed School at Loaves and Fishes and Women’s Empowerment.
5) Call your local schools and ask for the teacher who teaches English as a second language and ask if your club can provide books or help in other ways. The Rotary Club of Lincoln has sponsored programs that teach English as a second language.
6) Some clubs establish classroom grants of maybe $500 or how ever much they can collect and ask teachers to apply for them to get books or other supplies needed by local teachers.
7) Bikes for Books is a program in several clubs that rewards children for meeting or exceeding their goals of reading improvement.
8) The Rotary Club of Folsom Lake and orangevale has donated money for soft-covered books and book bags to the “Flying Samaritans,” a nonprofit organization that provides dental care to children in Baja, Mexico
9)Kneath Heard, CEO of the Journeys Within Our Community, came and made an announcement to the Rotary Club of Sacramento and thanked Rotarians for supporting Journeys Within Our Community, which conducts many missions across Cambodia focusing on education, teaching today's children so they can teach the next generation.  See link at left.
Don’t reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to because there are lots of successful literacy programs underway in your community which your club can support. Please let Lori or Nancy know about your programs so we can share your ideas with others.