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  Most books donated-world record set by Rotary International

LOS ANGELES, USA--Rotarians at the 2008 RI Convention demonstrated their commitment to literacy by setting a Guinness world record for the most books donated during a seven-day period: 242,624 books were collected this week for public school students in Southern California and Southern Nevada.
  Photo:Angelo dos Santos learned to read at the S™nia Braga da Cruz Ribeiro Silva school in Contagem, Brazil and is now a poet. The CLE literacy method was introduced to Brazil schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation 3H matching grant. Photo: Rotary Images/Alyce Henson   (enlarge photo)
  Ingo Werk, of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, California, who chaired the project, joined Girton on stage to thank and congratulate Rotarians for achieving such a meaningful record. “Rotary’s commitment to literacy is a commitment with love, not only for our society at large but especially for our children. Love is all you need -- to read.”

  The book drive, cosponsored by the Los Angeles Times Reading by 9 program, will benefit public school students in kindergarten through grade 3 in the region, where studies show too many children read below grade level.

  To celebrate the book drive, a mountain of books monument was constructed on the lobby of the L.A. Convention’s South Hall to focus on one of Rotary’s signature projects. Total eradication of polio is the club’s other primary concern.

  Project organizers set a goal of collecting a quarter of a million books. Convention registrants from more than 140 countries brought books representing their home cultures and languages. “Everyone here embraced this book drive, and I could not be more proud of our Rotary clubs and more grateful for the support we received from the public,” said Werk.

  Rotary is a volunteer organization with more than 32,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. It initiates humanitarian projects that address today’s challenges affecting the world today, such as hunger, poverty, and illiteracy.

  On Monday, 16 June, children visiting from a local elementary school were read to by RI President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, Grammy-nominee Freddie Ravel, actress Yeni Alvarez (Carmella from Disney's Handy Manny), and actors from Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius Mark DeCarlo (Hugh Neutron), Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), and Carolyn Lawrence (Cindy Vortex). -click here for video

  Biggest individual supporter of schools-world record set by Husnu M. Ozyegin

  June 25, 2008

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