Every fall, members of the Morris Rotary Club visit the elementary schools in Morris and surrounding communities to distribute free dictionary/gazetteers to all third graders.
One of the service organization’s area of focus worldwide is literacy.
Rotary International and its local chapters work to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy and reduce gender disparity in education.
The dictionaries handed out to local third graders is a personal dictionary for each of the students to keep, that will serve them at least through elementary and middle school.
The dictionaries were handed out to children at Saratoga Elementary, Immaculate Conception School, District 54 Elementary and Nettle Creek Elementary, and each school was visited by a Morris Rotary member.
The children appeared thrilled to receive the book, the rotary said in a news release. Each book is much more than just a dictionary. As a gazetteer, the books contain geographical information. The dictionaries also include additional information about the United States, the 45 presidents, the U.S. Constitution, and the government.
Morris Rotary Club members said the students were eager to write their names in their dictionaries and use them right away. Members said they also encountered some older students during the visits who said they still had and used the dictionaries they had been given in third grade.
“In this age of electronics and easy information access, it is still nice to see students open a book to search for information,” the club said in its release.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Morris Rotary Club can join members for dinner any Tuesday evening at 5:45 p.m. at Maria’s Ristorante, 1591 Division St. in Morris.
The club has also formed the Morris Young Leaders in Action group for the purpose of giving young leaders in the community a venue to gather, share ideas, and give back. The youth group meets at Montage Wine & Spirits, 307 Liberty St. on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
For information on the
Morris Rotary Club, visit www.MorrisRotary.org.
The club can be reached via email at info@MorrisRotary.org or through their Facebook page.