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Rotary Club of Long Meadows members recognized

August 09, 2013
  • Two members of the Rotary Club of Long Meadows were recognized for assistance given for the expansion of literacy in Guatemala. From left, Sila Alegret-Bartel, International Service Committee chairwoman for Long Meadows Rotary; Magnus Dahlgren, Long Meadows Rotary Club member; Sharon Ruppenthal, past president of Long Meadows Rotary; and Richard Shroeder, Guatemala Literacy Project advisory board member from Fairfax (Va.) Rotary Club.
Photo courtesy of Ron Bowers

Two members of the Rotary Club of Long Meadows were awarded fellowships in appreciation for assistance given for the expansion of literacy in Guatemala.

Rotarians Magnus Dahlgren and Sharon Ruppenthal received the recognition for their contributions to the Guatemala Literacy Project, which is an initiative to provide textbooks, library materials and computer centers to underprivileged children in Guatemala.

The illiteracy rate in Guatemala is one of the highest in the Americas and contributes to a cycle of poverty that might be broken through the aid of literacy. Rotarians raise funds and donate to provide Guatemalan children with books and materials needed to earn an education.

Richard Schroeder, a Rotarian from the Fairfax, Va., Club spoke about the program and the difference this kind of aid can make in the lives of Guatemalans.

Also in attendance was Sergio Polanco, a native of Guatemala, who also spoke about the positive differences a literacy program can make.

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