Camden and West Wateree Rotary Club members reinforced the power of words recently when they donated nearly 100 dictionaries to Kershaw County School third-graders as part of their annual Dictionary Project.
During their visits, club members handed out the dictionaries and talked with students about the importance of expanding their vocabularies.
“Literacy promotion is one of Rotary International's primary areas of focus, and the Dictionary Project is a great way for local clubs like ours to answer the call,” said Camden Rotary Club president Kevin Rhodes. “We are always blessed with great feedback from the students, teachers and parents. For many students this dictionary is the only book they may own for themselves.”
The Dictionary Project was started by one person in Savannah and has since grown into a worldwide outreach. Rotary Clubs and other civic groups take part in this and similar projects.
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“Literacy is critically important, and Rotarians are happy to a part of this very worthy cause,” Rhodes said.
Pine Tree Hill Elementary principal Melissa Royalty said the gifts will help students become better readers, writers and speakers.
“I not only appreciate the donation of dictionaries, but I also appreciate the time the Rotary members put in to the distribution. It was great to see our third-graders interacting with influential members of the community,” she said.
Lexington County holiday help
The Lexington Police Department is serving as a Toys for Tots collection point again this holiday season.
In addition to toys, the department will be collecting food for Lexington Interfaith Community Services, which helps thousands of people in the county each year.
Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys or nonperishable food items at the Police Department’s offices in the Lexington Municipal Complex at 111 Maiden Lane (behind the Old Court House) through Dec. 15.
A tune-up for toys
Homeowners who donate an unwrapped toy to the Midland Air Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning toy drive can reap a big reward this holiday season.
Through Dec. 15, the company, will give homeowners a free Precision Tune-Up (valued at $99) in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy to be given to Toys For Tots.
To participate in the toy drive, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning in Lexington at (803) 265-5260 and schedule a tune-up before Dec. 15 and mention the toy drive. Company technicians will collect the toys when they arrive to complete the tune-up.
The tune-up includes a 29-point visual inspection, energy savings analysis, disposable filter replacement, equipment cleaning, complete lubrication and gas pressure and pilot adjustment. No additional purchase is required.
Midland Air Service Experts is at 1720 North Lake Drive in Lexington.