Laurinburg Rotary Club distributes dictionaries

Having trouble spelling maneuver?

How about gubernatorial?

Thanks to a big assist from the Laurinburg Rotary Club, a county third grader may be able to help.

The Rotary club distributed 624 dictionaries Tuesday morning to the county`s elementary schools as part of The Dictionary Project, a nationwide program that has distributed more than 11 million dictionaries to students. The dictionaries cost about $1,100.

`This is a program that we feel is very important,` said Frank Ward, who coordinates the dictionary program for the Laurinburg Rotary Club. `Education and literacy is so important and we are glad to be able to provide this tool to our students.`

Ward asks that others help fight illiteracy by getting `involved with the schools and the education of the young people.`

`A lot of children we hand out a dictionary to have never had a book of their own,` Ward said.`If we stop and think about it, young people are our future leaders.`

This year marked the seventh year that the Laurinburg Rotary Club has distributed dictionaries in Scotland County Schools.