Rotary International District 7600 has recently awarded a $15,000 grant to three area Rotary clubs to be used for their ongoing efforts to promote literacy and a love of reading.
The Rotary Club of James City County, the Rotary Club of Williamsburg and the Rotary Club of The Historic Triangle will use the grant money to install two tree sculptures in the James City County Library’s “Play More, Learn More” space.
The “Play More, Learn More” space provides educational toys and games for preschool-age children to give them an early introduction to reading skills.
The space was designed around research that indicates play is the primary learning activity for children of that age group, according to a recent news release from the Williamsburg Regional Library.
The sculptures will be installed in early 2016 and will provide “an atmosphere of wonder and curiosity” that encourages children and families to return to the library and spend time in the “Play More, Learn More” space, the release said.
Additionally, the three rotary clubs will collaborate with the library to organize story times and other literacy initiatives aimed at young children under the “branches” of the tree sculptures.