The President of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay has the wonderful opportunity to choose a project close to her/his heart.

 President Vernella (2011-12) has chosen to focus on Literacy. Her project has three aspects as follows:

  1. Reading Clubs in Primary Schools - donation of book boxes to primary schools and encouraging members to volunteer to listen to children read
  2. Volunteer Recognition Scheme - Recognizing and encouraging volunteerism among young people
  3. Essay Competition - Donation of a box of books to St. James Parish Library from which 3 have to be chosen to do a comparative essay


ImageReading List – 12 of each are in the St. James Parish Library

1.       Life of Pi – Yann Martell

2.       The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

3.       The God of Small Things – Arundhati  Roy

4.       Native Son – Richard Wright

5.       The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

6.       Song of Soloman – Toni Morrison

7.       The Strange Case of Origami Yoda – Tom Angleberger

8.       Julie of the Wolves – Jean George

9.       Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

10.   Hope was Here – Jean Bauer


Essay Competition


Part 1 Write a Comparative Review of 3 books from the Book Box. You must include the following in your Review:

·         Title

·         Author

·         Setting

·         Story line

·         Conflict

·         Point of View

·         Character

·         Theme

·         Similarities and differences between the stories chosen

·         Personal response

 Part 2: The Rotary 4 Way Test & Your Favourite Book from the chosen 3.

What is your favourite book from the ones reviewed? What element (s) of the Rotary 4 Way Test can be said to be exemplified in this story? Give reasons for your response.

Minimum Length: 1200 words

Maximum: 1500 words

Essay Competition Launch: September 2011

Closing Date: 31 January 2012

Announcement of winners: March 2012

Award Ceremony: March 2012

  •    1st Prize - $12,000 Book Voucher (1 for each of 2 age group categories)
  •   2nd Prize - $10,000 Book Voucher (1 for each of 2 age group categories)
  •  3rd Prize - $8,000 Book Voucher ( 1 for each of 2 age group categories)
  • Consolation prizes X 10 in each group $2000