By Jeffery Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
CORNING - The Corning Rotary Club invites the community to register for the second annual “0.0K Race for Literacy".
The event will be held Friday, March 31, at the Southeastern Steuben County Library, Nasser Civic Center Plaza.
Pre-race refreshments will be available at 6 p.m., officials said. The race starts at 6:30 p.m., with the post-race party including food, beverages and a cash bar immediately following.
Please visit runreg.com/corningrotary to register for the event while at the same time supporting a worthy cause.
Registration fee is $25 for adults 19 and over, or $10 for youth 13-18. Children under 13 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers are welcome. The first 100 registrants will receive exclusive 0.0K-branded swag.
Proceeds will benefit the Corning Rotary Club’s Literacy Initiative, officials said. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the Club “adopted” the incoming kindergarten class at Corning’s Winfield Elementary School.
Over the course of three years, each student is receiving one book a month to keep, helping to develop a love for reading along with skills in speech, communication, logical thinking, language, improved concentration, and focus.
“The profits help the Rotary provide books to a class at Winfield School. It’s just been great,” said Pauline Emery, Southeast Steuben County Library Director. “We’ve adopted a class.”
Emery said next school season, the second year of the program, will again provide books to about 30 students entering second grade, encouraging both the children and parents to read together.
“There is a parent’s page and a student page,” Emery said. “They have an understanding the community really cares about them, and their literacy.”
People can be a part of building a strong future for these students by registering for this unique event, officials said. For more information, please email: email@example.com or call 936-3713 ext. 205.