A big welcome to a new baby

The Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club presented a backpack full of books and a gift certificate to Pearl Street Books to the first baby born on International Literacy Day locally on Sept. 8.

This year’s baby is Jared Russel Cromer, 8 pounds, 12 ounces. He is the son of Jessica Crandell and Kyle Cromer and was born at Kittitas Valley Healthcare. 

Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies, according to UNESCO, which started Literacy Day in 1965. 

In addition to raising awareness for literacy efforts, the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club supports the Ellensburg School District bookmobile and hosts an annual family reading night at Bright Beginnings. The club also provides books at the Kittitas County jail and to new Habitat for Humanity homes, and has supported training for teachers in South Sudan.