Rotary participates in Reading is Fundamental

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is a national program committed to supporting literacy by inspiring a passion for reading in all children. Members of the Rotary Club of Tryon visited Polk Central Elementary School this week to participate in the school’s first RIF book distribution for 2019.

Rotary Member Carolyn Jones organizes the RIF program for the Club and works with the school to schedule the four visits each year. During each visit, the Rotary members read excerpts from a few books to help build the students interest in reading. After the stories are read, the students get to pick a book to take home from the very large selection of books provided by the Club. Students that attend Polk Central Elementary School from preschool through fifth grade, will build a library of almost 25 books in their home.

Through the RIF program, Rotary Club of Tryon members help students understand the importance of reading and the adventure that can be found between the pages of a book. By helping families build libraries at home, the Rotary Club is hoping to make an impact on the literacy of future generations of families in Polk County.

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The Rotary Club of Tryon meets at noon on Thursday in the Tryon Presbyterian Church.  If you are interested in joining the Club, please contact the Club’s President, Fred Hartley at 423-341-4965 or

– Submitted by Dave Scherping