Local Lions Club members are helping undertake “Project Kids,” a program aimed at promoting youth literacy rates and reading.

The Northwest Oregon district Lions Club cites the troubling reality that nearly 800 million people around the world cannot read as showing a need for its international Reading Action Program, of which Project Kids is a part.

The campaign began in July and runs until next June. Locally the Lions Club will help in a number of ways, including providing electronic reading devices, buying classroom sets of novels, implementing reading corners in classes and developing after-school study centers.

“Lions are dedicated to providing service. That renowned dedication will help us in everything we do — including participating in the Reading Action Program campaign to promote reading,” wrote District Governor Mary Lee Turner in a press release.

Oregon education officials are urging local schools to develop additional programs to improve reading test scores.

The Lions Club has partnered with Reading is Fundamental, Reach Out and Read and USAID to promote reading and literacy skills.

“I encourage any citizen who is interested to become involved in this project,” Turner said. “We need to foster reading at any age.

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