From the San Ramon Unified School District
Tis the season when six local service organizations band together to support literacy in the community’s public schools.
For the 15th straight year, the six local Rotary clubs within the San Ramon Valley will once again combine their efforts to place a printed dictionary in the hands of every third grade student in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
“Giving dictionaries to every third grader in the school district has become a long-standing tradition, and a viable way for each of the six clubs to unite on the common purpose of supporting literacy in our community,” said Laura Day, District 5160 Governor and San Ramon Valley resident. “Rotary’s presence is very strong in the San Ramon Valley, and this is another example of that.”
This year the six local Rotary clubs will distribute over 2,300 dictionaries, one for every 3rd grade student in the 21 elementary schools in the district. The cost is $4,326.00 which will be split between the six local Rotary Clubs.
"It is amazing how students covet these dictionaries,” said Terry Koehne, Community Relations Director for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. “As a Rotarian and a parent in this community, I see, first hand, the value of this program. My own child is now a high school freshman, and he still uses the dictionary he received in third grade.”
The printed dictionaries will be hand-delivered by members of the six clubs to third grade classrooms this fall.
The program was started by then District Governor George E. Chaffey in 1997-1998. This is the 15th year the local Rotary clubs have provided dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in the SRVUSD at the start of their LanguageArts learning program.