Orangeburg-Morning Rotary provides more than 1,000 dictionaries to students

The Rotary Club of Orangeburg-Morning has again this year donated a dictionary to every third-grader in Orangeburg Consolidated School Districts Four and Five, Orangeburg Christian Academy, Felton Laboratory and Orangeburg Preparatory Schools.

Club President Dr. David Staten, who is also the program director of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at South Carolina State University, said this year Rotarians delivered more than 1,000 dictionaries in the area.

“The Dictionary Project is a timeless project that will never get old. No matter how technologically advanced society becomes, reading will always serve as the foundation of success,” Staten said. “Thus, the Dictionary Project allows the Rotary Club of Orangeburg-Morning to enhance literacy by providing every third-grader in our area with a dictionary.”

Typically one or two Rotarians will deliver the dictionaries to the third-graders and discuss what Rotary is about and the many benefits of a dictionary to assist the young people in their studies and academic growth. It serves as a great way to instill in young people not only the value of education, but also of helping others.

The Rotary Club of Orangeburg-Morning is in its 21st year of existence. Since its inception, the club has donated more than 19,000 dictionaries to area youths.

Locally and worldwide, Rotary has an emphasis on enhancing educational opportunities for individuals, improving health and wellness and promoting peace in local communities and countries.