Clay Rose III will follow in his father's footsteps in March when he leads Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade as the grand leprechaun.

Rose named grand leprechaun

Clay Rose III will follow in his father's footsteps in March when he leads Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade as the grand leprechaun.

Rose also will serve as a judge for the parade float-decorating contest.

"I'm thrilled with this honor, especially sharing it with my father who served as grand leprechaun in 1985," Rose said in a news release. "His example of community service inspired me at an early age to get involved and stay involved."

Rose is treasurer of the Dublin Kiwanis Club; an adviser to the board and member emeritus of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau; an advisory board member to the Dublin Irish Festival; a member of the city's tax board of review; and a trustee and treasurer of the Dublin Community Church foundation. Rose also is serving as treasurer of the Can-Am Police-Fire games that will be held in Dublin in August.

Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13.

NextGen begins literacy program's second year

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce and NextGen Dublin recently began the second year of a literacy program at Riverside Elementary.

According to a news release, more than 20 volunteers from the Dublin chamber and NextGen Dublin were trained for the program that was created to help improve reading and comprehension skills of first-graders.

"First-grade students are extremely special because this is the age when they really learn how to read," Riverside Elementary principal Connie Stitzlein said in the release. "These students need extra time to practice to master the accuracy, fluency and comprehension components that help turn them into successful readers."

For the literacy program, volunteers spend one lunch hour per week with a Riverside student for eight weeks.

For more information on the program, contact the chamber at (614) 889-2001.