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Monticello Kiwanis Club donates books to Rutherford and Cooke students

June 15, 2017

Sue Rodrieguez's classThe Otchipew people, a Native American tribe from what is now the Detroit area, had an expression “Nunc Kee-wanis” which loosely translated, means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” It is that expression from which the Kiwanis Club derived its name.

In that spirit, the Kiwanis Club of Monticello delivered chapter books to second-grade classrooms at the Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School and the George L. Cooke Elementary School. They encouraged each student to not only read the books over the summer, but to share, or “trade” their new books with their families and friends.

The students, who were grateful for the donations, were excited to accept the challenge of reading and sharing their new books. Sue Rodriguez’s KLR class, which was one of the recipients, decided to invite kindergarten students to visit so that the second-grade students can read their new books to the younger students.