Second-graders at Rollins Place Elementary School in Zachary learned about principles Rotarians worldwide follow during a Feb. 20 visit to the school by area Rotarians.
The visit was part of a Rotary literacy project that uses “Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure” as a resource to engage youth in the community and as a way to promote the club’s four-way test, according to Rotarian Brandon Noel, who oversees the Zachary club’s literacy committee.
At each club meeting, Rotarians recite the four-way test:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Used by Rotarians as a moral code for personal and business relationships and applied to nearly every aspect of life, the 24-word four-way test remains a central part of the Rotary structure and is held as the standard by which all behavior is measured, according to Rotary International.
Noel said that a few years ago, national and international Rotary clubs considered a new vision that had members thinking of ways to best make a positive impact on future generations in their communities.
Avenues of service including club, community, vocational and international were met with a fifth, future generations, which Rotary International recognizes as a legitimate avenue of service, according to Noel.
“We decided the best way to promote this new avenue of service locally was for our club to interact with students in our own community,” Noel said.
As a way to implement the literacy initiative, national and international clubs use “Andy and Elmer” picture books, coloring books, activity books and bookmarks containing the four-way test.
Zachary Rotarians read from the hardbound version of the book and gifted each student with his or her own copy of “Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure” coloring and activity book.
Noel said that throughout the year, the club also purchases books, which are signed by guest speakers at every meeting and then donated to school libraries.