This year the Rotary Club of Michigan City resumed sharing the Four Way Test with third graders in the Michigan City Area School district by reading Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure.
Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure is the story of a young entrepreneur who starts an apple dumpling business. With the guidance of a mysterious voice, conveying the Four-Way Test, he turns his venture into a wonderful success and makes friends along the way.
The project uses the following items:
Andy&Elmer Paperback Picture Books.
The A&E Paperback Picture Books are beautifully illustrated and, in addition to the story, there is information about Rotary and a special Apple Dumpling Recipe in the back. The recipe can actually become a fun project with parents or, as some schools have done, can become a classroom project involving skills in reading, math, following directions, and teamwork. Some schools have gone even further by selling apple dumplings as a fund-raiser.
A&E Coloring & Activity Book
The A&E Coloring & Activity Book contains pretty much the same story as the Paperback Picture Book, although it has been somewhat abbreviated to fit the coloring book format. In addition to the coloring pages and story, there are several activities in the back of the book, including a crossword puzzle, word search, and drawing exercise. It also contains information about Rotary. It works great in conjunction with the A&E Hardbound Picture Book or as a follow-up to it.
A&E Four-Way Test Bookmark
The A&E Four-Way Test Bookmark is a fun, colorful piece which conveys the Four-Way Test and includes characters from the story.
Club members visit the third grade classes in the public and parochial schools located in the Michigan City Area School District.  They read the story, encourage student participation, and handout the coloring books and bookmarks.