Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset distributes 1,000 dictionaries for grade student literacy

As the holidays approach, members of the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset are providing 3rd-grade students at several local elementary schools, including Henry Elementary School, Legacy Traditional School, and Drachman Elementary Montessori Magnet School, with the gift of dictionaries. The club marks its 6th year of participation, and during that time over 1,000 take-home dictionaries have been distributed by the club to students in support of literacy goals.


With the participation of many area Rotary Clubs along with other civic organizations, over 60,000 dictionaries are distributed to 3rd-grade students annually in Southern Arizona, with millions of dictionaries sponsored for distribution to students nationwide through The Dictionary Project, a nonprofit organization based in South Carolina.


The Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset was chartered in 1983 to put into practice the goal of service above self. It is one of 55 Rotary Clubs in Southern Arizona and more than 33,000 clubs that are a part of Rotary International,


The club’s activities range from local volunteer and service projects, such as distributing dictionaries to 3rd graders, school supply drives, holiday gifts for families in need, vocational scholarships, and the Rillito Riverwalk Adopt-a-Park cleanup project, to supporting international projects such as Polio vaccinations and aid to refugee camps.


The club’s membership consists of diverse ages, personal backgrounds and professional fields. Club members meet weekly on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. for an informative and enjoyable fellowship dinner and guest speaker sharing information about a current topic of interest to the group. Meetings take place at the centrally located El Parador restaurant, 2744 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716.


New members and visiting guests welcome. Visit www.tucsonsunsetrotary.org or call (520) 481-3223 for more information.