Jim Blair, Rotary Club of London East, London, ON



We are part of a larger project in London (pop. 350,000), by Area 4 of Rotary District 6330, which has provided dictionaries to Grade 3 children since 2008. In 2009 about 1,500 books were distributed and in 2010 almost 3,000. Our target this year is close to 5,000, which will cover almost all Gr 3 kids in our local Public and separate (Catholic) schools. You can expect our orders very shortly.

The response from school staff, officials and children has always been welcoming and appreciative, as shown in the attached photo. The “feedback” from teachers especially is always of interest and encouraging to our efforts.
(This year, when we went into a “split” Gr3/Gr4 class, the Gr 4 kids knew what was coming and excitedly told their Gr 3 class-mates all about it, in a very positive manner.)

The project is financed by the Rotary Clubs in London and by a grant from Rotary District 6330, led by Asst Governor Doug Burnard and Rotarian Sue Storie. In this regard we were very interested in your recent article on fund-raising by other groups – some great ideas.

The Canadian edition of A Student’s Dictionary and Gazetteer has been well received here – and we do appreciate the complete coverage of our history, politics, and geography – apart from the “correct” spelling! 🙂