rotary books

Volunteers with the Mesquite Rotary Club and the Mesquite Association of Retired School Employees ready books to be delivered to Mesquite ISD second graders.

Mesquite Rotary Club members worked side by side with retired Mesquite teachers on Sept. 15-16 to sort, label and deliver books to all Mesquite ISD second graders.

Since 2015, the club has donated funds each year in support of the Mesquite Association of Retired School Employees’ book project. Combined with funds donated by MARSE members, this normally enables the project to give a book to each first-grade student in the district.

This fall’s book project work was delayed from its usual spring schedule because of the Covid-19 lockdown that prevented the usual delivery of books to MISD first graders. A delivery of books to this year’s first graders will take place next spring.

The MARSE book project began in 1999 when the local unit of the Texas Retired Teachers Association joined with the statewide group’s effort. The books given out are new and they are specially selected to coordinate with the children’s reading curriculum in their schools.

The project is designed to promote the love of reading, the development of students’ personal book collections and to assist in the development of the students’ reading skills. The book project committee chair for MARSE is Susan Cumby.

The Mesquite Rotary Club was established in 1959 and meets at noon each Tuesday at the MISD’s K. David Belt Professional Development Center. For more information on the club, visit their website.

Other local worthy causes supported by the Mesquite Rotary Club include sending area high school students to the Rotary District 5810 Youth Leadership Award Camp, Meadowview School, Mission East Dallas Health Clinic, the Mesquite Public Health Clinic, the Mesquite police and fire departments, the Mesquite Public Library, Mesquite Youth Services, the Boy Scouts, the Mesquite "Red Ribbon Day" youth substance abuse awareness and prevention program, the MISD Education Foundation, Equest, Mesquite Parks and Recreation, Dentists with a Heart Day and more.