For one week in mid-March, the Minneapolis South Rotary Club supported Friendship Academy of Fine Arts in its annual Read-A-Thon. FAFA, located at 2600 E. 38th Street, conducted the event during the week of March 8- 12 at the school. Members of the Minneapolis South Rotary Club volunteered hours of their time to read to children in various classrooms. Club members, Jesse Lee, Ethel Lee Norwood, and Karin Treiber, club president, developed a project to fund awards for the three classrooms and the three students that achieved the highest reading goals during the week-long program.
FAFA Administrator, Ethel Lee Norwood, expressed the views of the teachers, parents, and students in her comment, “The 2010 Read-a-Thon was a great success. The winning students and classrooms are so appreciative of the books they were able to purchase with gift certificates from the Minneapolis South Rotary Club.”
Presently, the FAFA does not have a library to serve its 150 students in grades K-6. Consequently the Minneapolis South Rotary Club applied for and received a Rotary International Community Assistance Grant in the amount of $500 to assist individual classrooms in enhancing the collection of books for the students in these classes and to present individual awards to students so they can build their home libraries.
Rotary International is a worldwide organization of community-based, service-minded volunteers who work on literacy, hunger, water-safety, and other needs.