Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. Literacy is a significant and specific goal for Rotary. It is so important that it is one of the 6 areas of focus for The Rotary Foundations Future Vision – basic education and literacy. Such importance has been placed on literacy that Rotary International has created a “Rotary Literacy Month” that takes place during the month of March.
The clubs in district 6040 are active in, and should be proud of, their work in the area of literacy both locally and internationally. Examples of district projects include: The Dictionary Project – presenting dictionaries to students in public or private school (order dictionaries at; reading at local schools and events; participating in literacy fundraisers; donating books to public libraries and schools at home and abroad.  We would like to adopt a “Literacy Day” this year in District 6040 to encourage all Rotarians in North Missouri to go into their local schools and read to the children of all ages.
I hope that individual clubs will look at how they can make a difference in raising literacy standards and adopt significant programs that will make an impact. Toward that end, it is recommended that a Literacy Chairperson and/or a Literacy Committee be established in each club, in order to identify and contact libraries, schools, and other organizations with whom your club wishes to work and support. I am more than happy to work with your club to help you get started on a literacy project that will be particularly meaningful to your members.

Janet Gooch
District 6040 Literacy Chair