Cursive Writing Encouraged by the Rotary Club of Alton-Godfrey

Friday, February 22, 2019 By:
by Elaine Kane

The Alton Godfrey Rotary Club continues to support education in the local community. As education evolves, so do the initiatives from our local Rotarians. This year club members used funds to support a renewed focus on the importance of cursive handwriting in the development of literacy. In fact, in November of 2017 the Illinois legislature voted to again require cursive writing instruction in schools. Unfortunately, there has been no funding to support this expectation for the 2018-19 school year.

Considering the ample research demonstrating the relationship between handwriting and brain development, local Rotarians decided to pursue a matching grant from the International Rotary organization. With these funds, over four hundred dry erase boards and markers were distributed to all second grade students in the Alton-Godfrey community. The boards are printed with the cursive manuscript for tracing and also have space for the students to practice the cursive alphabet independently.

Teachers and parents find the boards extremely helpful. Students are more inclined to practice their fine motor skills with a dry erase board that allows for the easy removal of imperfect practice. The timing of the distribution was perfect in January because second grade teachers are introducing the cursive alphabet second semester. After students are taught the proper formation of letters using the boards in class, each child will be able to take the boards home for independent practice.

It’s not only the adults who are grateful for this gift from the Rotary. As club members passed out the boards in second grade classrooms, students eagerly accepted the gifts with bright eyes and enthusiasm. Many students had the boards opened and were writing within seconds. Each board has the Rotary seal on the back, and Rotary representatives explained the importance of the four way test to children. Students were left with not only a tool for the important practice of cursive handwriting, but also with a powerful example of community service and volunteerism from the Alton Godfrey Rotary Club.

Owen Marsh Elementary gets donation for technology

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 By: Hilliard, Mark
The Springfield Westside Rotary club donated $3,265 to Owen Marsh Elementary School on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  The funds will help purchase 10 iPads and cases for the classes.

Springfield Westside has had a relationship with Owen Marsh for over 11 years – prior to the clubs charter in 2008.  Club members mentor students once a month during the school year.  Many club members mentor more often and some mentor more than one student.

Funds for the iPad purchase game from district and literacy grants and club funds.


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