WEST CALDWELL, NJReading and writing got a boost in the Caldwells on Jan. 8, when third grade students at each of the district's elementary schools received a visit from members of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells and the James Caldwell High School Interact Club. The Rotarians visited Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington and Wilson Elementary Schools, bearing dictionaries donated by the Club. The Rotarians donated more than 200 dictionaries to the School District, meeting with third graders at each school to discuss the importance of dictionaries and how to use them. Dictionaries were also donated to students in Essex Fells and North Caldwell.

Rotarians Samantha McCoy and Jonathan Smith were joined by members of the James Caldwell High School Interact Club to distribute the dictionaries. During the distribution at Jefferson Elementary School, West Caldwell, one of the club’s advisors Cheryl Baut, was joined by juniors Alice Kong and Samantha Felten, and senior and Interact Club president Elizabeth Rosa.

“Interact members really enjoy interacting with the younger students in such a positive way,” said Baut. “The distribution of dictionaries can symbolize the sharing and handing off of knowledge between the students.”

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Interact Club president and senior Rosa agreed. “It’s fun to be a part of a group that does this,” said Rosa. 

Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for high school students where the students participate in fun, meaningful service projects, while developing leadership skills, and understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work.

“The dictionary project is just one of our annual services,” said McCoy, one of the organizers of the dictionary project for the Rotary Club of the Caldwells. Chartered in 1951, the club has a long history of successful fundraising, implementing service projects and supporting many local charities. “This year, Rotarians donated more than 350 dictionaries to local students,” added Smith. “Since beginning the project in 2004, members have sponsored more than 3,500 children in the Caldwell area.”

The Rotary Club of the Caldwells dedicates its time and talents to serve its communities and the world, supporting dozens of worthwhile causes both locally and internationally. Rotary International, the world's oldest service club organization, comprises some 30,000 clubs in more than 165 countries.

For more information on the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District, please visit the district website at www.cwcboe.org. For more information on the Rotary Club of the Caldwells, call 973-226-3111 or visit the club website at www.caldwellrotary.org.