CLUBS:Invest in reading program


December 30, 2006|By JIM DE BOOM

People can complain about what is happening in our schools, but here is a chance to do something about the opportunities provided in our schools.

The Fountain for Youth Program of the Rotary Clubs of Costa Mesa, Newport-Balboa, Newport Beach Sunrise and Newport Irvine will match up to $3,250 in contributions made by Daily Pilot readers.

The donations will buy recreational reading books for kindergarten through third-grade students of College Park, Pomona, Whittier and Wilson elementary schools in Costa Mesa as they master English and reading skills.


A $10 contribution will be matched by the Rotary Fountain for Youth and buy 10 reading books. A $25 donation will be matched and will buy 25 books; $50 will buy 50 books; $100 will buy 100 books.

Make your tax-deductible check payable to Rotary 5320 Foundation, c/o the Daily Pilot Promotions Department/Reading by 9 Book Drive, 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Donors will be recognized in the Reading by 9 Honor Roll in the Daily Pilot unless you request not to be listed. The books are used in different ways in the four schools. In all cases, children will have books to check out, take home and read.

Your contribution is a good investment.


You are invited to join the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council on its January field trip to the Islamic Center of Orange County Garden Grove Mosque on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The mosque is at 9752 W. 13th St., Garden Grove, CA 92642.

The Islamic Center of Orange County is one of the largest Islamic communities in the Western Hemisphere.

Participants will meet at the mosque at 11:30 a.m. and be provided with a tour of the mosque and the school, and will be hosted for lunch and have the opportunity to join in a discussion about Islam, as well as experience Islamic prayer at the mosque, according to Greg Kelley, Interfaith Council vice president.

Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, director of the Islamic Center of Orange County, who is currently on pilgrimage, will be returning in time to provide the tour of the mosque and a discussion of its importance. To join, you must RSVP to the Interfaith Council by Monday, Jan. 8, by calling (714) 921-8665 or by e-mail to


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