Clubs gift dictionaries to school students The two clubs buy the books with Rotary funds, and the members distribute the dictionaries to all of the third-graders in the schools and thesauruses to the fifth-graders.

Students in third-grade classroom at Shepherdstown Elementary School hold dictionaries they received from the Rotary club. Photo: Submitted
Students in third-grade classroom at Shepherdstown Elementary School hold dictionaries they received from the Rotary club. Photo: Submitted

The Shepherdstown and Charles Town Rotary Clubs (West Virginia — District 7360) recently teamed up to provide free dictionaries and thesauruses to students in schools in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

The two clubs buy the books with Rotary funds, and club members volunteer their time to distribute them in the schools.

They give dictionaries to all of the third-graders in the schools, and thesauruses to all the fifth-graders.

This year, the clubs are distributing 715 dictionaries and 809 thesauruses.

The Shepherdstown club handles distribution to schools in the northern part of the county, including C W Shipley, Driswood, North Jefferson, Shepherdstown and T A Lowery elementary schools.

The Charles Town club handles distribution to the remaining four schools, including Blue Ridge, Ranson and South Jefferson Elementary schools and Wright Denny Intermediate School.

Promoting literacy always has been a major Rotary priority, and the organisation sees the distribution of dictionaries and thesauruses as an important part of that effort.

The goal is to help students to become good writers and readers so they can develop good communications skills that will serve them well no matter what vocation or profession they follow when they become adults.

Source: Herald-Mail Media

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