Friday, March 7, 2014

Rotary Distributes Thesaures to 240 students in Bridgewater

Members of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters distributed 240 thesauruses to 4th grade students at the Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater this past week. Committed to improving literacy at home and around the world, Rotary gives dictionaries to third graders in Bridgewater and West Bridgewater but thesauruses to fourth graders in Bridgewater, because another community group provides dictionaries to them in the third grade.

Led by club President-Elect Janet Dye, a Bridgewater resident, the event was also attended by past Rotary club presidents Bruce Marquis, also of Bridgewater, and Beth Roll Smith, a resident of West Bridgewater and the director of the West Bridgewater Public Library.

In addition to the distribution of the books to the students, Rotary encouraged the fourth grade students to submit essays about how they had been of service to others. Fifty-five essays were submitted and a panel of Rotary volunteers read all of them, choosing three of them for special recognition and gift certificates to Salon Esprit in East Bridgewater. The winners were: 1st Place - Kathryn Papasodoro; 2nd Place - Kaylee Price; and 3rd Place - Dylan Hayward.

About 450 dictionaries will be distributed to 3rd grade students in East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater over the next two months. 

Rotary is an organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, women and men, in more than 165 countries. Rotary provides humanitarian service and builds good will and promotes peace and understanding throughout the world.

The most important part of Rotary is the local club. The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters meets every Wednesday (except for the second Wednesday when it meets for lunch) for breakfast from 7:30 A.M. until 8:30 A.M. at Good Days Restaurant, 99 South Main Street/Route 28, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Each meeting features fellowship, networking, patriotic exercises, a meeting of cheer, often followed by a significant speaker from business and/or the professions.

The members of the club carry out local service, primarily funding: Scholarships to graduating seniors at East Bridgewater High School, Bridgewater-Raynham High School, West Bridgewater High School, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School and Bristol-Plymouth Regional High School; Dictionaries or thesauri for third graders; Books for Kids at Public Libraries; Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; East Bridgewater Family YMCA; Natural Resources Trust of Bridgewater; Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA); West Bridgewater Gazebo Concerts on the Common. It carries out International Service: Working for Peace - Working to Eliminate Polio in the World - Supporting Literacy in South Africa - Working to teach reading where there are no schools - Working to provide clean water for every living person - Providing wheelchairs where they are needed - Providing Shelter Boxes for people affected by natural disasters.

For more information go to the club's web site

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