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Rotarians spread joy of learning

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Last week the Artesia Rotarians were “on a mission to spread the joy of learning” while delivering hardback dictionaries to all third-grade students.

“One of Rotary’s main objectives is to promote literacy around the world. By increasing the literacy rate of people around the world we help to promote understanding between different countries and cultures and thereby world peace,” explained Ben Harvey about the community project.

The Artesia Rotary Club has continued the tradition for over 16 years, giving away over 4,800 dictionaries. It was a favorite project of Gary Sims’, whose family helps fund the project in his memory, explained Harvey.

“Our dictionary project is the most rewarding project that we do as a Rotary Club. Each year the third-graders are excited to receive their very own dictionary. We love to see their smiling faces. Today, a student at Roselawn said ‘this is awesome, now I don’t have to use Google to look up words.’ By giving each third-grader in Artesia a dictionary the Artesia Rotary Club hopes to promote the literacy of our community for years to come!”

The Artesia Rotary Club invites anyone interested to join their weekly meetings at noon every Tuesday at the J&J Home Care Training Room at 1301 W. Grand Ave.

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