Rotary extends literacy project to strengthen parent-child relations

Photo courtesy (all four photos): CVM Rotary 
Photo caption 1: Elba Jaco and her one-year old Kalel with storybook illustrator Shelby Jones 
Photo caption 2: Past Rotary President Gifford Baugh impresses an audience of nearly 200 at the Centro de la Familia event with his passion for child-parent relationship building 
Photo caption 3: Rotarian Dennis Briscoe, General Manager of Microbiology Business Unit of ElitechGroup, Inc. enthuses parents with the 4-Way test of the Rotary Club, in Spanish 
Photo caption 4: CVM Rotary President and author of the newly published storybook "Pioneer Adventure Book Club"
On Thursday, November 29 Cache Valley Morning (CVM) Rotary Club announced an exciting extension to its literary project at a parents conference at Centro de la Familia in Providence with a newly created and locally produced storybook entitled “Pioneer Adventure Club.” 
The reason we chose this venue to kick off the project is because the storybook emphasizes parent-child relationship building in the home and diversity in the community,” said Trace Skeen, CVM Rotary president and author of the book.  “It is also a great opportunity for us to give back to a population that makes valuable contributions to our workforce,” said Spanish-speaking Gifford Baugh, a past president of the Club. 
The story of Cache Valley’s new comers was hand-illustrated in the format of a coloring book by Little Bloomsbury Foundation Youth Art Ambassador Shelby Jones. The storybook is designed to help different ethnic groups recognize their family’s historic role as “pioneers.” It follows the friendship of three young people with Latino, Asian, and European backgrounds. The book has bilingual narrative in both English and Spanish and is aimed at promoting diversity and inter-generational relations-building. 
"I can't wait to read the storybook and color it with all my three children, their cousins and abuelos (Spanish for grandparents), “ said Elba Jaco. 
Since 2007, Cache Valley Morning (CVM) Rotary Club has given out over 10,000 copies of “Andy & Elmer's Apple Dumpling Adventure,” a Coloring & Activity Book to second-graders in up to 22 schools in the Valley to support the instruction of ethics and character development. In addition to literacy programs and youth leadership training, CVM Rotary also supports other local non-profits including The Family Place, Centro de la Familia, Cache Valley Food Pantry. The Club also provides annual support to a children’s home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Club meets Tuesday mornings at 7:30am at the Cache Valley Hospital, classroom 8.
Rotary International brings together a global network of 1.2 million civic and business leaders in more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries. Rotarians are dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing challenges with poverty relief, clean water, literacy, health, youth development, and other humanitarian projects locally and at an international level. Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative was joined by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1988. 
For information on the Rotary Club or any of its humanitarian and literacy projects, visit, call Trace Skeen at 435-938-1586,  or email

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