Gonzales Rotary donates bookcases to Gonzales Primary students

Brandie Richardson @B_Lifestyles
Kindergartener Tristan Brown and his family receiving his book case.

Gonzales Rotary members presented Gonzales Primary students with book cases on May 13. As part of the organizations efforts to increase reading in todays youths, members Mark LaCour and Craig Walling donated 63 book cases to the kindergarten class.

"Literacy is so important," LaCour said. "The more a child reads, the likelier they are able to understand the motions of others."

The book cases, given out once a year, were built over a two week period by Rotary volunteers. The giveaway, now in its third year, was started by LaCour.

Along with the book cases, students received a packet of books donated by McGraw Hill, along with a gold plated personalized name plate. The book cases were left unpainted as a way to create another project between children and their family, LaCour said.

"Reading and listening skills, I think, are probably the most important skills in life," Walling said, who became involved with Rotary because of its educational programs. "This sets the stage for the kindergarteners. Start reading young. You just got to get out and read."