The members pictured (clockwise from the top) are Bob Hartman, John Hollywood, Tom Callahan, Gale Seaton, Rankin Lusby and Carole Lusby.
This year, the Crofton Rotary Club will be distributing 576 dictionaries to third graders at the 5 Elementary Schools in Crofton. The cost of the dictionaries was offset by generous donations by local businesses - Bill Franklin of Long and Foster Real Estate, and Crofton Rotary member Barry DesRoches of Vintage Settlement Services. This is the 10th year the Crofton Rotary Club has been involved in this project.
The object of the Rotary Dictionary Project is to provide third grade students a personal dictionary of their very own that will serve them at least through elementary and middle school. Many educators and researchers see this as a key to better reading, speech, and writing. These skills will improve student performance in other subjects as well. Receiving the dictionaries from Rotary members is beneficial to students as well. The young people meet successful adults in their community who care enough about them to purchase these dictionaries and come to their school to present them personally. The brief explanation of Rotary service in the community and around the world gives students a lasting positive impression of Rotary and the ideal of service. The Rotary Dictionary Distribution Project is a collaborative effort among the Rotary District 7620 member clubs, school systems in Maryland (twelve counties on the western shore) and Washington, DC, and the business community where applicable. Rotary's goal is to make a difference in the quality of life of third grade students and help them “To Learn to Read and Read to Learn.” It is through this literacy program that students can improve their communication skills as well as their quality of life and that of the community-at-large.