Tidewater-Easton Rotary Club Provides Books to PageTurners Book Clubs

The Rotary Club of Tidewater-Easton recently presented PageTurners: Girls Who Read to Achieve with the funds needed to underwrite the costs of providing books to each Talbot County participant in their program for the 2012-2103 school year. The Easton-based non-profit organization uses the discussion of literature as a tool to empower at-risk adolescent girls as readers, leaders, thinkers, community members, and future graduates.

“We are especially thankful to the Tidewater-Easton Rotary club for this donation,” comments Elizabeth Devlin, founder and executive director of Page Turners. “The books we provide our girls are essential to the work we do and they are the foundation of our curriculum. By giving our girls copies of the books they read in PageTurners to keep as their own, they also have the opportunity to develop their own home libraries—something they would otherwise be unable to do.”

During the 2012-2013 academic year, PageTurners will work with 50 girls in sixth through eighth grades attending Easton Middle School and St. Michaels Elementary and Middle/High Schools.

“We were thrilled to partner with PageTurners and make such a significant impact on their program for this academic year,” comments Tidewater-Easton Rotary Club Harry Rieck. “Literacy has always been a priority for Rotary and our membership felt it was important to make an impact on this important issue close to home. We are truly inspired by the work of PageTurners and the difference their work makes in the lives of young women in our community.”

About PageTurners
PageTurners: Girls Who Read to Achieve is a 501(c)(3) organization that is building a network of after school book clubs to empower at-risk middle school girls. PageTurners uses the discussion of literature as a tool for empowering these young women to be self-confident leaders in the communities while improving their reading and critical thinking skills. In the 2012-2013 school year, PageTurners will implement 19 book clubs in eight schools in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Wicomico and Somerset counties and 15 book clubs in 9 schools in Baltimore City. To learn more about PageTurners visit www.pageturnersread.org.

About the Tidewater – Easton Rotary Club
Founded and chartered in 2011, The Tidewater – Easton Rotary Club is the newest Rotary Club on the Eastern Shore and is comprised of professional men and women committed to the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self.” They are part of a global network of more than 1.2 million volunteers that are changing lives in their own communities and around the world. The Tidewater-Easton club meets on Thursdays at 7:15am at the Comfort Inn in Easton. All are welcome. For more information about the Tidewater Club, please visit www.facebook.com/TidewaterRotary or e-mail tidewaterrotary@gmail.com. To learn more about other area Rotary clubs and their meeting schedules, visit www.rotarydistrict7630.org.