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Don't Miss Our Book Reading Day, November 15th

Rotary Club of Barrie supports literacy with annual Rotary Book Day

On November 15th, over 1,350 Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Grade 2 students will receive copies of Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure, thanks to a donation by the Rotary Club of Barrie. Schools will have the option of inviting Rotarians to visit their school for a read-along, or to watch a video recording of Rotary mascot Sprocket reading the book.

Mike Grube, Rotary’s Director of Program and Information, will visit Portage View Public School at 10 a.m. to deliver the books and read the story to students.
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Aligned with the SCDSB’s character education program, Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure is a story of a young entrepreneur named Andy who, with the help of a mysterious voice providing guidance and support, learns the value of truthfulness, fairness, goodwill, and partnerships that benefit everyone involved. On Rotary Book Day, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Barrie will coordinate the delivery of books and reading of books to students at schools throughout Barrie.

The Story Behind Our Book Project

Jason McArthur began this project 8 years ago and since then we have run it every year including COVID years. Rotarian volunteers visit each English Public elementary school in Barrie to read the book Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure. The book is produced by the Rotary Club of Fairborn Ohio as a Fundraiser. We are the largest ordering group outside of the USA and have now been included in their promotional video. During the COVID years when we couldn’t visit the school, we made a video of Sprocket reading the book, and the schools played the video for the kids. This year is the 2nd year we are back in person but are also back including local celebrities reading also like the Mayor, Fire Chief, Police Chief, etc. This is the 4th year the Innisfil club also participates for schools there, we order the books and send them a invoice. Each year we host a book packing party where we divide up the books per school and place sponsor stickers inside the book outlining the Book is from our Rotary Club and thanking our Sponsors.

Three years ago, we initiated the Book Project Contest, encouraging children to bring the book home and engage in a fun activity—making Apple Dumplings. The book conveniently features a delightful Apple Dumplings recipe at its conclusion. Participants are then invited to share a snapshot of their culinary creations on our Club’s Facebook page. To add an exciting twist, we conduct a draw among all the participating families, with one lucky winner receiving a Chrome Notebook. This not only promotes the Club but also attracts diverse audiences to explore our website, enhancing our online presence.

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Don't Miss Out On The Apple Dumpling BAKING CONTEST!


How To Enter:

1. Bake some apple dumplings (with adult supervision) using the recipe from the back of Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure.

2. Take a picture of your dumplings.

3. Post your photo as a comment on the apple dumplings contest post on our facebook page OR send us your photos using the form below.

Contest Rules:

To enter you just need to have fun
and bake some dumplings. 

One entry per family. 

Contest ends December 22, 2023. 

Winners announced January 12, 2024.


Submit Your Apple Dumpling Photo Below


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