A team of Mesquite Rotary Club members worked side-by-side with retired Mesquite teachers on April 19th to sort and label books to be delivered to all Mesquite ISD first graders, and also assisted the retired teachers in delivering the books to the schools on April 21st. 
Since 2015, the Mesquite Rotary Club has donated funds each year in support of the Mesquite Association of Retired School Employees’ Book Project.  Combined with funds donated by MARSE members and by the Mesquite Elks Lodge #2404 Auxiliary, this enables the project to give a book to each first grade student in the district.
The MARSE Book Project began in 1999 when the local unit of the Texas Retired Teachers Association joined with the statewide group’s effort.  The books given out are new ones, and they are specially selected to coordinate with the children’s reading curriculum in their schools.  The project is designed to promote the love of reading, the development of students’ personal book collections, and to assist in the development of the students’ reading skills.  The Book Project committee chair for MARSE is Susan Cumby.