Savannah Rotarians donate dictionaries to schoolchildren

 Members of the Rotary Club of Savannah South recently participated in an effort with the Pilot International Club of Chatham County and Pilot Club International to donate dictionaries to third graders at all Savannah-Chatham public schools.

The efforts were part of the national Dictionary Project, a program that in 2009 donated more 2.4 million dictionaries to students throughout America.

The effort in Chatham County included the labeling of 3,300 dictionaries and the delivery of the dictionaries to the schools by volunteers.

Rotary Literacy Chair Bob Irvine said of the effort, `I am very proud of my fellow Rotarians and of the efforts of the other groups that helped with this, specifically the Pilot Clubs. It is an honor to have been included in this worthy cause.`

`Statistics show that children in the third grade are able to rapidly add words to their already growing range of vocabulary words. These donated dictionaries will aid in this effort,` said club president Kathleen Price.

The Rotary Club of Savannah South has more than 80 members and meets each Tuesday at Carey Hilliard`s Restaurant.