NOTES FOR ROSEVILLE ROTARY March 14, 2016
 
We were greeted by Marv Sorvala and an assistant, David Parker.  David, today's speaker, was very encaustic with his greetings and made everyone excited  to hear his message about teaching young children to read.
 
The meeting was called to order by President Elect Brad Kirscher at precisely 12:30 PM.  Marv led us in the Flag Pledge and Brad led recitation of the Four-Way-Test.  Melanie Mogg gave an
invocation with an education theme.   Jeff Norton reported that we had no guests or visiting Rotarians.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Jeff Norton announced that the REEP program is taking shape.  They are still accepting donations and still need hosts for the visiting teachers. The team is requesting that anyone interested in hosting complete on online Google Survey, http://goo.gl/forms/hSpDT8qG3t .
 
Jerry Hromatka announced that the Taste-of-Rosefest is getting organized and reminded us that the date is Thursday, June 23.  Jan Vanderwall pointed out that a memory tool is "that 623 is the same as the Roseville Area School District."
 
HAPPY DOLLARS
"Happy Dollars" got off to a slow start but took off with many "happy" and "unhappy" announcements.
 
PROGRAM
 
David Parker, Brad Kirscher
 
Dr. David Parker, Research Director, Service Minnesota was very energetic and very involved in presenting the Minnesota Reading Corps program of helping schools teach young children to read.
Their slogan is "Learn to Read so you can Read to Learn".
 
The Minnesota Reading Corps includes state wide activities for pre-school and K-3 school children.
 
 The corps is staffed by AmeriCorps volunteers who aid pre-school organizations and formal schools with tutoring and program development.  Their goal is third grade reading proficiency for all students by the end of third grade.  Research shows that if this goal is achieved by students a good education in future years is possible.  Progress to date is limited, but David showed graphs indicating positive results.  Focus is all children of pre-school age and at-risk children K-3.
 
The volunteers have a yearlong commitment.  They are trained when they enter the program and work in schools’ full time for their year.  The program is a multi-part science of reading including vocabulary, word attack (recognizing words), and rate.  If one reads too fast you miss the joy of words and if one reads too slow you miss the joy of reading.
 
Dr. Parker ended with a lot of time for questions, and there were many.  One was, "...   how were they funded.  He answered, "...federal, state, and private sources.  The AmeriCorps volunteers receive payment from the federal government, funding comes from the State of Minnesota education initiatives, foundations, and individuals provide some funding.
 
 
 
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