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Community - May 7, 2014

Rotarians give dictionaries to third-graders

Menlo Park third-graders recently received illustrated dictionaries from the Menlo Park Rotary Club, which plans by the end of the 2014-2015 school year to give a dictionary to every third-grader in Menlo Park schools, part of Rotary International's worldwide effort to expand literacy and educational opportunities.

Since the dictionary project began, in 2006, members of District 5150, which covers Marin County, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties, have donated 63,000 dictionaries to local school children.

"The children are so happy to receive their own dictionary, and it encourages them to read, look up information, and get excited about learning, which is our goal with this project," says Menlo Park Rotary member Tim Leary. "The kids just light up when we come in to deliver their dictionaries, and the second-graders can't wait to get to third grade when they will receive their own dictionary."

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is a service club dedicated to working on projects locally and internationally. The club's annual fundraisers include the Tour de Menlo and A Taste of Menlo Park. Proceeds benefit scholarships and community programs.

Club members also work with Second Harvest Food Bank, the Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army and Veterans' Services.

Rotary is an international organization in 160 countries with goals of providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and building goodwill and peace in the world. More than 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.

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