For the past dozen years Capital Rotary Club has gone back to school on behalf of local education. Teams of Rotarians visit elementary schools in Richland County District One to supply each third-grade student with his or her own personal paperback dictionary. The aim of this Dictionary Project – begun by a non-profit organization in Charleston in 1995 – is to help students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners.
A number of Rotary clubs in South Carolina and throughout the country are Dictionary Project sponsors. Our club – mindful that one of Rotary International’s six major goals is improving basic education and literacy – has purchased and given dictionaries to more than 11,000 third-graders in the Columbia area.
Capital Rotary Club members Jenks Mikell (back row, left) and John Guignard (back row) are all smiles after distributing paperback dictionaries to third-grade students at Arden Elementary School, part of the club’s annual participation in the 2015 Dictionary Project.