It’s that time of the year when the Blairstown Rotary Club distributes dictionaries to the third grade students in Blairstown, Knowlton, Frelinghuysen and Hope.
This project, now country-wide, was started by Mary French in Charleston, S.C., and adopted by Rotarians throughout the United States.
It has now spread to many countries where the children would never see a dictionary. The Rotary Club is now sending dictionaries to schools and orphanages in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda with the help of the Blairstown Rotaract Club at North Warren Regional High School.
Amanda Abbiate, a teacher, is their coordinator and assists in getting personal messages in each dictionary for the enjoyment of the African children receiving them.
Dick Wallace, a Blairstown Rotarian and past district governor, was behind this project over eight years ago, and it has grown way beyond their expectations says Wallace. They plan on adding new locations every year.
Wallace, a board member of the Dictionary Project, in Charleston, S.C., has traveled within the United States and many foreign countries for the promotion of this endeavor.
Anyone interested in learning more about this project or becoming a member of Rotary is to call President Diana Krajewski at (908) 362-7026.
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