UNION, NJ – For over 10 years, the Rotary Club of Union has given a new dictionary to every third grader in Union schools.

Union Rotary member Norman Wooley said they have given out over 600 dictionaries this year, “and we’re not done yet.”

According to the Rotary, the mission of the Rotary Dictionary Project is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.

"Thank you for supporting our school,” said a Washington School third grader.  “I will use this dictionary for spelling words. Every time I use this dictionary, I will think of the Rotary Club. I am just like you, every year I do charity for cancer. We are both helpful."