Updated: Sep 1, 2021
Quote Quest 90245, a joint fundraiser for El Segundo’s Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, will bring the literary arts front and center for six weeks, beginning in mid-August.
By Maureen Kingsley
We here at The Scene are enthusiastic about any local effort to infuse a little art and culture into the community. This month, we are eagerly anticipating the start of Quote Quest 90245, a collaboration between El Segundo’s Rotary and Kiwanis clubs that will post 200 literary passages on signs around town hosted by El Segundo residents.
The initiative, says Rotary Club member and past president Frank Glynn, was an idea born during the COVID-19 Safer at Home order and inspired by his neighbors’ welcome sign posted above their front door. The project will spread “pieces of inspirational literature” throughout the community, Frank explains, while simultaneously raising funds to support youth literacy and education in and around El Segundo.
Residents wishing to host a Quote Quest sign on their property are asked to make a donation and, in return, they receive a colorful sign featuring one of 200 carefully selected literary passages. A subcommittee led by Rotary member and former exemplary English teacher Nancy Cobb chose the passages, whose authors range from Eric Carle and Margaret Wise Brown to Malcolm X, Celeste Ng, and Alice Walker.
The signs themselves are underwritten by both Bill Ruane of RE/MAX Estate Properties and Chevron, and additional El Segundo businesses are encouraged to donate prizes for the weekly games, activities, and programming themed around the signs, in which all community members will be invited to take part. The organizers are keeping the details of these activities a secret for now, but both Rotary and Kiwanis are looking forward to launching them in a couple of weeks.
Dr. Bill Watkins, former El Segundo Board of Education president, past superintendent of schools for ESUSD, and a member of Kiwanis Club, says Quote Quest 90245 is a “great opportunity for two El Segundo service clubs to work together to fund public education for kids” and adds that the initiative will be “wonderful for children and adults alike.”
Already, El Segundo High School students in Interact Club and Key Club have been invited to participate, as have English teachers at the school. In fact, participation of any and all community members is encouraged, and a Quote Quest 90245 Facebook group will further facilitate discussion and interaction.
The collaboration between Rotary and Kiwanis makes perfect sense, Frank Glynn and Dr. Watkins each say, because both clubs exist to support youth and enhance community.
What’s more, the project itself promotes literacy, culture, and community engagement. With summer in full swing, Dr. Watkins adds, “we more and more are encouraging folks to get outside, walk our streets, and chat with neighbors.” He hopes Quote Quest will play a role in those activities.
For additional information, to sponsor a sign (while supplies last), and to participate in Quote Quest 90245, visit the Quote Quest 90245 Facebook page or speak with any El Segundo Kiwanis or Rotary Club member.
Signs will be delivered to homes on August 15th and will remain in place for six weeks, through September 28th.
This story appears in the August 2021 issue of The El Segundo Scene.