350 Dictionaries Going to Elementary Schools; They Are Gifts of the Riverside Rotary Club to Help Literacy

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Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND

What's in a word?

Students at four Westside elementary schools will be able to say, thanks to the Riverside Rotary Club.

The club is donating 350 dictionaries to third-graders at Fishweir, Stockton, Ortega and Venetia elementary schools. The kids get to take the dictionaries home.

Rotary is a business and professional civic group whose members participate in community and worldwide service projects.

One of the organization's goals is to promote literacy, said Alan Eubanks, senior vice president of Synovus Bank of Jacksonville and the club's community project director.

Other area clubs, such as Rotary Club of North Jacksonville, have done similar projects, and Riverside wanted to get involved as well, Eubanks said.

"We also want to initiate contact with the elementary schools around us so that we can do other projects," he said.

Jane Ruffin, a third-grade teacher at Fishweir, said A Student's Dictionary is a "wonderful" book filled with maps, atlases and interesting facts about planets, presidents and other subjects.

"We were studying Rome in social studies at the time we got the dictionaries," Ruffin said. "The students were going through them when they saw a map of Rome. …

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