Rotary Literacy Foundation donates over $70,000 to literacy in PEI

Representatives of PEI Organizations Funded by the Rotary Literacy Foundation in 2018, including Gary Scales (RLF board president; middle, back row) and Peter MacDougall (RCC president; front row right).

Recently, the Rotary Literacy Foundation announced it will donate $72,130 to support literacy in PEI. The announcement was made at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown’s meeting on December 17, 2018.

“The Foundation hopes to help organizations increase their capacity in order to improve literacy rates in PEI.” Said President Gary Scales. “Today is an exciting day as this is the largest donation we’ve made to literacy in PEI at one time. Our board is very impressed with the work being done by local organizations and we are thrilled to be able to support them.”

The largest grant was $40,000 to the PEI Literacy Alliance’s Ready Set Learn program which offers free tutoring to elementary-aged children who struggle in school.

$10,870 was awarded to the Charlottetown Boys’ and Girls’ Club to support their school readiness program.

$5,000 was awarded to the Public Schools Branch for the Birchwood Intermediate High School’s Library so they can buy more books.

$5,260 was awarded to Abegweit First Nations to promote in-school Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Math workshops among Island students.

$5,000 was awarded to the Town of Georgetown for a collaborative writing project at Kings Playhouse.

$6,000 was awarded to the PEI Writers’ Guild for Reading Street, a community event focused on promoting literacy.

The Rotary Literacy Foundation was formed in 2006 to raise awareness about literacy and essential skills on PEI, and to give out grants to groups working to address literacy and essential skills needs in their communities through projects and special initiatives.

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Board of Directors

  • Gary Scales, President
  • Dr. David Keenlyside, Vice-President
  • Barbara MacNutt, Secretary
  • John Scales, Treasurer


  • Jinny Greaves, PEI Literacy Alliance representative
  • Kingsley Lewis, Director
  • Dr. Ron Macdonald, Director
  • Dr. Virginia (Ginny) McGowan, Director
  • Grant Sweet, Province of PEI representative 

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