Make Way for Books is exceedingly thankful for the tremendous generosity of the Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation. Each year, the Rotary Club of Tucson works hard to put on the Tucson Classics Car Show, a community event in which they raise funding to benefit our community. This year, Rotary Club of Tucson’s hard work achieved incredible results—Rotary Club of Tucson donated thousands of dollars in generous grants to nonprofits, including Make Way for Books; Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF); Wright Flight; Job Path; and Interfaith Community Services.
Make Way for Books is very honored to be the primary beneficiary of the Tucson Classics Car Show. This year, Rotary Club of Tucson raised $70,288 to support our innovative family literacy strategy which is a two-generation approach where young children and parents learn together and both gain skills. Each week, children experience books, reading, and literacy activities that foster their emergent literacy and language skills. Families receive quality books each week to take home to build their home library. As a result of Make Way for Books’ programming, 98% of participating young children gain emergent literacy and language skills that are essential for school readiness and future successful reading. With support from our Family Literacy Specialists, 99% of parents gained skills, knowledge, and confidence as their children’s first, most essential teachers. According to a participating parent,
“Before I didn’t know I should read and sing to him. This helped us— I feel more closer with my son through reading and singing to him now.”
This impact is possible because of the incredible dedication and hard work of our local Rotary Club of Tucson members! Thank you all for helping us achieve our mission to give all children the chance to read and succeed!