World Polio Day
The Marco Island Rotary Club Noontime recently gathered to recognize World Polio Day.
The Club members took time to review Polio by the Numbers and the Power of Rotary. Rotary and its partners worked to reach 430 million children in 39 countries during polio immunization campaigns. Vaccines are largely covered by other donors so Rotary funds cover the gap in research, technical assistance, social mobilization, operational support and surveillance costs. In 30 years, the number of Polio-endemic countries has gone from 125 in 1988 to three in 2018. 17.4 million people who are currently healthy would have been paralyzed by polio without eradication efforts since 1988. Source: Rotarian Magazine, October 2018.
That is the power of Rotary.
Rotary recently celebrated Dictionary Day throughout our area. The Marco Island Rotary Club Noontime distributed dictionaries to three elementary schools, Collier Charter Academy, Corkscrew Elementary and Tommie Barfield Elementary Schools. Two hundred and fifty five third grade students in these three schools were proud recipients of Webster’s Dictionary for Students, Special Encyclopedic Edition. The book contains over 37,000 words, a world map, and a list of US Presidents, the Declaration of Independence and so much more.
The day underscores the importance of books in children’s lives. If you aren’t convinced just ask the kids.