Supporting Literacy in JH





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Jackson, Wyoming

Total Budget: $7,000

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: Literacy

Summary: Providing 700 middle schoolers with a book of choice to promote reading and literacy.

Literacy is a critical tool to support education and overall life goals for children and adults. Many programs exist in communities for pre-k and early school-aged children; providing books, especially for these age groups, is vital to literacy goals.

However, in middle school, often those programs are over, and reading is confined by school assignments or one's ability or family's ability to go to the nearest public library.

For many years, the Rotary Club of JH had a program that provided each second grader with a book in our community.

After several discussions with the school district and literacy nonprofits in town, we have found that middle schoolers, grades 6, 7 and 8, are in the most need of books.

Further research has also led our Club to discover that instead of purchasing one book for 700 students, we want to empower them to select their own book.

By allowing middle schoolers to select their book, we are enabling them to have the ability to choose a book that inspires them and mirrors their own life experience.

By choosing their book, studies have shown that children will read more, enjoy reading, and become better writers through their readings.

Trusting students to select their books allows each person to have ownership over their reading, providing motivation and encouragement that they choose what inspires and captivates them.

In a digital age that grows every year, with teenagers especially spending more time on phones and devices, instilling a love for reading is critical.

Our project would provide 700 books to our Teton County middle school students in February 2024, and we will work with our local Fund for Public Education to distribute vouchers for books and set up "book fairs" where children can purchase books.

Club members will be involved through fundraising for this project to reach our Club goal of $4,000 and through assisting our school district with implementation. Club members will also work with clubs at the middle school to design 3-4 bookmarks that will be provided to students with their books. These bookmarks will have a bottom banner for Rotary along with the student's designs. Showing our community supports each student is essential to our goal of inspiring readers and letting them know their community is behind them and wants them to succeed.

Project Contact Person

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Jackson Hole

Primary Contact: Jessica Jaubert

Email: jessicajaubert@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Submitted". This means that it needs to be signed by the club leadership. Notifications emails have been sent to these parties with instructions on how to digitally sign this project. Once all the signatures are collected, the status of the project will be automatically changed to "Signed".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Jackson Hole (5440)









DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

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History Log Entries


by Jessica Jaubert

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Jessica Jaubert

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Jessica Jaubert

System Entry: Project signed by Jessica Jaubert.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Tom Bruno.


by Randall J Looper


We will have 2nd round District grants but are only offering $1,000 DDF to clubs that have not yet received a grant. Your club has not yet received a grant but you would need to reduce the DDF to $1,000. Also your club President would need to complete the grant qualifying questions and sign an MOU.

If your club President would go to the following link and click on "Club Qualification" about half way down they can find the questions they need to answer.


Once I receive the answers I can send them the MOU to sign.

Please email me if you have any questions at elkruninn@yahoo.com

Randy Looper

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