Mercer Island Rotary Club

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Reading Tutors

Each week, volunteers from the Mercer Island Rotary Club tutor students at Van Asselt Elementary School in Seattle where 84% of students receive a free and reduced lunch. Most of the students enter school without having had any preschool experience and many have no introduction to reading English at home because their parents speak another language. 

Learning to read in English takes a lot of extra help and Mercer Island Rotarians are there to provide that help. Our club members are now in all of the kindergarten classes as well as in most first, second and third grade classrooms. Rotary knows that literacy is an essential ingredient for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.