Jessica Cain’s class at E.O. Muncie (Submitted photo)
Jessica Cain’s class at E.O. Muncie (Submitted photo)
For the nineteenth consecutive year, the Madison Rotary Club has distributed personalized books to all area kindergarten students. “I Like Me” books are personalized with each student’s name, names of friends, and names of teachers throughout the text. The book, in general, reflects the interaction of the students, their friends and teachers during their school year and emphasizes the student’s self-worth and growth.

This year, the club purchased almost 400 books to distribute to 10 schools and 21 classrooms throughout Jefferson County. Most of the club’s nearly 50 members visited at least one of the schools to read a small part of the book to each child. At one stop, the club took books to Jessica Cain’s kindergarten class at E.O. Muncie. Cain had received a book when she was in kindergarten and is now teaching kindergarten in the classroom across the hall from her former kindergarten teacher, Julie Kiefer.

“We love reaching out to the kids because they are the future of our community. These books will hopefully help them to learn and grow and teach them about their worth and potential,” said Mike Schafer, Madison Rotary Club president.

Books were purchased this year through the generous financial support of Rotary Club members and their companies: Margaret Seifert - Seifert-Short Museum; Matt Forrester - German American Bank; Don Phillips - Hilliard Lyons; Greg Goodknight - Gardner Insurance; Bill McCubbin - McCubbin Motors; Dave Steele - Edward Jones, and Andrea McDole – Ivy Tech Community College.

“There is no better feeling than to see a child smile when they hear their name and receive their book. Although we are giving the gift, I always feel as if I am receiving one each time I am in a class,” said Greg Goodknight, Rotary member and organizer of this event for the club.