Rotary Club of San Marino Promotes Literacy at William Northrup School’s Library

Northrup students recently received a much-needed gift in the form of a large donation of books from the Rotary Club of San Marino. When representatives from the Rotary arrived on campus with hundreds of books, the eagerness and excitement of students couldn’t not be contained, as students from Mrs. Traci Vo’s and Mrs. Marianne Lau’s classes presented the Rotarians with a “Thank You” presentation on behalf of all the Gladiators at Northrup School. After the warm welcoming, the Rotarians presented the books to students while explaining to students the importance of reading on a regular basis. The purpose of the donation is to get students excited about going to the library and hopefully taking up reading as a hobby rather than just an obligation for school.


Rotary Readers was started by San Marino Rotary began 2000. The program has served local schools in the San Gabriel Valley as well as a Kindergarten in Tijuana, Mexico. To date the program has delivered over 40,000 books to schools. Rob Feidler, a San Marino Rotarian, nominated Northrup Elementary for the program due to his close ties to the school through his mother-in-law, Shirley Gudal, who retired from Northrup School as an Instructional Specialist a few years ago. Rob and his fellow San Marino Rotarians were very impressed by the thank you from the students. Mr. Feidler stated, “There is nothing better than seeing the kids with big smiles as they receive the new books.”


Northrup Library Aide Elaine Calvaleri commented, “I feel inspired by the generous donation from the San Marino Rotary Club. Now students that haven’t visited the library will be more likely to come in and check out books.”