W&J Represented as Rotary Club Distributes Dictionaries to Local Elementary Schools

WASHINGTON, Pa. (Nov. 22, 2011)—The Rotary Club of Washington continued its fight against illiteracy by providing Webster's dictionaries last week to third-grade students at elementary schools throughout Washington County.

An annual club service project, Rotarians hand deliver each student a brand-new dictionary, which becomes the personal property of the student. Robert Reid, communications manager at Washington & Jefferson College, was among the Rotarians who delivered dictionaries to seven classrooms at Washington Park Elementary School.

Students learned about the Rotary Club and three of its ongoing major international initiatives: continuing the fight to eradicate polio around the world, supporting the purchase of bio-sand filters that allow for clean drinking water, and promoting literacy.

“I am honored to be a Rotarian and proud that I was able to play a small role in providing local third graders with a resource that can be invaluable in the classroom and in life,” Reid said. “The children were so appreciative and thankful and it was great spending some time with them and their teachers.”

In addition to helping students learn the correct spelling, pronunciation, definition and uses of words, the dictionaries will assist students in developing their reading, writing and creative abilities. The books provide basic information about the U.S., Presidents and states, as well as interesting information about other countries, maps of world regions, and the full text of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

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Robert Reid, W&J Communications Manager, back row, second from left