Rugged good looks and lots of good books

Black and white and read all over - Rotary's Book Giveaway

Ben Constandinou and Rainen Spur check out the books.

Alex Nagy and Valerie Mills have been busy this month delivering $200 cheques to seven Sooke and Port Renfrew area schools, for much-needed books for their libraries.

Klaus Benker, principal of John Muir and Port Renfrew Elementary Schools, thanked Sooke Rotary for this donation. He was particularly grateful for the assistance for Port Renfrew, noting “bigger schools have PACs that do fundraising, but Port Renfrew does not have those kinds of resources.” He notes all schools appreciate a helping hand, but, “that particular school can certainly use it.”

Nagy stated that Sooke Rotary’s service goals focus on both literacy and youth, so this project meets two needs at once. He explains that the club’s luncheon speaker at each Wednesday meeting traditionally receives a small thank-you gift.  For three years now, rather than a pin or a coffee mug, the club donates a book in the speaker’s name to a local school library.

“The nice thing is that the books can be read by many children, not just limited to one child or one class,” Nagy said.

The club leaves it up to the school librarians to choose the books, as they know best what the children want and need.

Ben Constandinou (7) and Rainen Spur (5), are both active library users.  Ben says his favourite books are Diary of  Wimpy Kid or the Berenstein Bears.  Rainen likes funny books, but his favourite at pre-school reading time is Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Nagy also told quite another different literacy story. A Sooke family with a visually impaired child is eligible for a $500 kit that teaches the parents to read Braille, in order to help prepare the child for school.  He explains that visually impaired children who are identified by age four can be just as well prepared as any other child when entering kindergarten — and with the club’s help, the child can get a headstart in their learning career.  Nagy said that offering a helping hand, and making a real difference in people’s lives, is what being a Rotarian is all about, “that’s what excites us.”

Just Posted

Island Health, service providers meeting to talk about used needles in Victoria

Recent public needle-prick incidents prompt call to reduce number of needles found

Announcement for Sooke Road improvement expected this week

Premier promising ‘preliminary’ work, with more on the way

Dozens rally outside Premier’s office for sick Sooke boy

Six-year-old Landen Lanthier needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Sooke’s Most Wanted

The following individuals are wanted by the Sooke RCMP as of Jan.… Continue reading

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Community rallies behind Sooke boy with rare condition

Dozens called on government to cover cost of drug for six-year-old Landen Alexa

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

Wanted by Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers for the week of Jan. 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

LETTERS: More roads? More Cars? No thanks.

Climate change is real. Ecological destruction is real. Who out there who… Continue reading

LETTERS: Sooke roads not racetracks

What can we as a community do about the blatant law breakers… Continue reading

Most Read