BALDWIN—All the hands shot up in the air when Diane VanAntwerp, known as Mrs. V. to her students, asked her kindergarten class who likes to read. 

The kids were excited to learn the Baldwin Lions Club had a book for each of them to keep. Members of the Baldwin Lions Club handed out books to the students in the kindergarten classes at Baldwin Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 8.  

“This is part of the literacy program through Lions International,” said Laura Johnson, Baldwin Lions Club member. “There are four core projects we promote every year: youth, environment, hunger and vision. Handing out the books to students is part of the youth project.”

Johnson said the Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Pompeii’s in Baldwin, for any one interested in joining the Lions Club.  There also is a cub program which allows children and youth under 18 to be part of the meetings. 

“We are selling solid chocolate at the Lake Osceola Bank in Baldwin on Fridays, and at Houseman’s on

Saturdays, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The proceeds will go back into the community and will also support programs. We are also collecting eye-glasses to be recycled and distributed to third-world countries,” Johnson said.