Last September, Florida District Governor Matthew Cantrall created a Facebook contest for Kiwanis clubs in his state. The winners: schools and children in two Florida communities.
The contest awarded two Florida Kiwanis clubs with a Scholastic-Kiwanis Family Reading Oasis for their respective communities. Each participating club identified a high-needs elementary school, and then worked with the school to create a dedicated Facebook page to promote the opportunity. The two Kiwanis clubs that generated the most Facebook "likes" during the contest’s 60-day duration earned a Reading Oasis for their schools.
The winning clubs:
- The Kiwanis Club of Greater Orlando-Winter Park, which partnered with Fern Creek Elementary School
- The Lakeland Kiwanis Club, which partnered with Blake Academy
To help make it all possible, Cantrall partnered with the Florida Kiwanis Foundation, which contributed US$10,000. That total was matched by Scholastic—so that a second Reading Oasis could be awarded.
A Scholastic-Community Reading Oasis is a safe, nurturing place within a school where families can read together. Each oasis contains over 1,200 books, along with book shelves, a modular reading center, reading-themed rugs and posters, and comfy bean bag chairs.
In Florida, each of the winning Kiwanis clubs got more than 5,000 likes. In fact, they were separated by just 11 likes. Visit each club’s Facebook page—which include fun and inspirational videos from students—to see how much a Reading Oasis means to families:
And check out photos and video from the preparation activities
and the grand opening
that the Kiwanians of Greater Orlando-Winter Park conducted at Fern Creek Elementary.
Interested in learning more about what it takes to bring a Kiwanis Reading Oasis to your community? Visit our website to get the details.