Making A Promise To Read

by Mackenzie Stasko on September 20, 2013 at 6:39 am

A reading promise between a daughter and her dad is helping encourage literacy in Muskingum County.

The Day Break Rotary Club and John McIntire Library are teaming up to keep one family’s tradition alive while encouraging reading at the same time.

"The reading promise program is based on a real life experience in a book where a father and a daughter made a promise to read for 100 days. And then when they achieved that, they extended it to 1,000 days and they finally ended after 3,218 days, on her first day of college," said Assistant Director Blair Tom.

The two organizations want the community to participate in the Muskingum County Reading Promise. All you have to do is make a promise to read between September 23 and November. Once your promise is fulfilled, you’ll be recognized by the Day Break Rotary Club. Your promise can be to read just 10 minutes a day, or 10 hours every week. Tom said the great thing about the program is that it can be customized to your family’s lifestyle.

"If an aunt is visiting for 10 days and wants to make a promise with a niece or a nephew, that’s a promise and that’s fine. Or for the entire period. We just want to encourage people to make that promise and successfully keep that promise."

Rotaract students at Zane State and OUZ have made already a reading promise to read with Starlight students.