Rotarians offer dictionaries to third graders

I n an almost decade-long tradition, members of the Granville Rotary Club handed out dictionaries to every member of the third-grade class at Mary J. Tanner school last Thursday.

Rotarians Steve Williams and Bob Meldrum, along with fellow Rotarian and District Superintendent Mark Bessen, visited the school to give out the books and explain what their club is all about.

Williams said the Rotary’s four main focuses are health, clean water, peace and literacy. The Dictionary Project was started in Granville by then president Cindy Warner about nine years ago.

“It’s fun to see the kids receive books. They seem to get a lot of enjoyment out of them,” Williams said. The dictionaries the club donates to the students contain more than definitions—they also have sections on punctuation, facts about the world’s countries, maps and more.

The dictionaries each list the Rotary creed and individual students’ names. Principal Diane Dumas had the students look up various words in their new books, and the students eagerly participated.

Rotary is an international service organization of business and professional men and women who, as volunteers, address the needs of both their local communities and the international community at large.

Some of Granville Rotary’s community projects include, besides dictionaries for all local third-graders, “Coats for Children,” Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and support of the Slate Valley Museum. Overseas, the Granville Club has supported cataract operations and operating theater equipment for an ENT hospital in Bangladesh and a pure water project in Honduras.

 

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