Global Grant: Give-A-Book in Costa Rica
Mr. Carl Dickerson is the founder of the Give-A-Book program and a Rotarian. He initially 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 English 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 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 Richmond Club's Board of Directors approved a check for $900 for books for the Jicaral school. Photo's above show the children and instructor with those books.
In March 2017, President (Rotary Club of Richmond President at the time) Mike Little, and Past President Jeanne Walls, visited the Jicaral school bringing additional books. They also met with Gerardo Lorenzen then President of the the San Pedro Curridibat Club in San Jose to pursue a Rotary International Global Grant. More recently (March 2018) Mike Little is meeting with Occidente School District, and Costa Rica Ministry of Education personnel to assess community needs and to finalize the grant application with San Pedro Curridibat club officers.
We are excited about the opportunity to develop a Rotary International education project with our Rotary friends in Costa Rica and partners in the Richmond, Va. area through a District 7600 Global Grant. Participants include:
Rotary (Host) Club San Pedro Curridibat (Costa Rica) -President Rogelio Martinez
Rotary Club of Richmond (International Club) -President Isabelle Hilliard
Rotary Club of South Richmond -President Mark James
Rotary Club of James River -President Samuel Shiplett
Rotary Club of Huguenot Trails -President Scott Stovall
1) Donate simple English reading educational books to elementary level schools, in the Costa Rica Occidente community to be used by children;
2) Deliver books to 10-15 schools and up to 2000 students
3) Provide training workshops for teachers and school librarians in the use of the books for children and best practices
4) Measure/report what improvements occurred as a result of the Give-A-Book program at respective schools