Global Grant: Give-A-Book in Costa Rica
Mr. Carl Dickerson is the founder of the Give-A-Book program and a Rotarian. He contacted Mike Little, President of the Rotary Club of Richmond to consider partnering with Give-A-Book to grow the program in both the U.S. and Costa Rica. The primary aim of the program is to provide early school aged children books to improve their reading skills. The program was initially set up in elementary school programs in the U.S. and is now established in Costa Rica with the Peace Corps as in approved Rotarian partner. See: http://www.give-a-book.net
In the fall of 2016, President Mike asked two Rotary Club of Richmond members, E.M. Miller and John Delandro to visit the "Escuela de San Pedro de Jicaral" elementary school in the Nicoya Peninsula of Cost Rica. Once there they met with teachers, students and Peace Corps volunteers and reported back to the Club about the educational needs of the school. After that visit, the Club's Board of Directors approved a check for $900 for books for the Jicaral school. Photo's below show the children and instructor with books in Spanish.
President Mike Little, Past President Jeanne Walls, and Co-Chair Programs John Delandro will pursue a Rotary International Global Grant for Give-A-Book and plan to meet with school personnel, the Peace Corp Country Director in Costa Rica and potential partners from the Jaco and San Jose Rotary Clubs March 2017. We are excited about the opportunity to develop a Rotary International education project with our friends in Costa Rica through a District 7600 Global Grant.