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Rotary Reads About Diffendoofer and a Deluge at West Side Elementary School

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Dr. Dale Covington chose “The Rain Comes Down,” by author David Shannon. Mr. Jim Burns kept everyone’s attention with “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!,” by Dr. Seuss. Both volunteer readers were a part of the Rotary Club of Marietta’s literacy initiative March 26 - 30, where Rotarians could be found in classrooms throughout MCS reading to hundreds of the district’s second graders. We caught up with these two volunteers at West Side Elementary.

“I chose the Diffendoofer Day story because it speaks a lot about listening and paying attention,” said second grade teacher Ms. Herman, who hosted Rotarian Burns. “It helps since students will be testing soon.”

Over in Ms. McCarthy’s Science class they are studying how weather impacts the environment, including the effect is has on people. Ms. McCarthy chose, “The Rain Comes Down” for Dr. Covington. “It helps students see how rain not only nourishes life, but it can also change people’s moods, and not always in a good way,” said McCarthy.

In all, thirty-two Rotarians visited MCS elementary schools throughout the week and spent time with students. The district’s students, teachers, and families appreciate Rotary’s support of the Marietta Reads! initiative.