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Rotary donates books to Rincon/UHS

The Rincon/University Library needed new books, and Rincon Rotary's LOCAL program stepped up to lend a hand. Discover how librarian Kim Grimes and principal Amy Cislak coordinated the effort with Rincon Rotary's LOCAL Chairman Stuart Katz:



Earlier this week, students crowded the RUHS Library at the Rincon and University High School campus to witness a gracious book donation of over 70 books on behalf of Rincon Rotary Club of Tucson and their LOCAL program. LOCAL, which stands for "local organizations can affect learning," was put in place to assist teachers in acquiring items that fall out of the school budget.

"I wrote a grant to the Rincon Rotary Club and it was graciously accepted," said RUHS Librarian Kim Grimes. "The purpose of the grant is to give our students more materials in the library collection."

University High School Principal Amy Cislak stressed the diversity of the books Grimes selected, citing their complex reading strategies. Principal Cislak remarked, "We're just thrilled that our grant was accepted, and now we have some more selections for our students on this campus."

Grimes agreed. "[The students] are hungry for more books."

LOCAL Chairman Stuart Katz discussed the personal enjoyment he gains from the program, since his wife was a teacher herself for 37 years and often had to go out of pocket for necessary materials. He also expressed his pleasure with Kim Grimes and the RUHS Library in the process, noting that he would be interested in funding future endeavors for the high schools.