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Building One Child At A Time:  An Effort to Improve Literacy on Capitol Hill   

Washington, DC - November 14, 2012 - The members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill donated and distributed nearly 500 Student Dictionaries to ten area elementary schools as part of their annual Dictionary Project.   

Third-grade students at Wilson, Ludlow-Taylor, Maury, Amidon-Bowen, Brent, Walker-Jones, Tyler, Miner, Payne, Watkins, and Gallaudet Primary were delighted to receive their own personal copy. The Capitol Hill Rotarians spent time in each classroom interacting with the students and showing them some special features of the dictionaries.  

Anne Nickel, a former educator, member of the Capitol Hill Rotary Club and the club's Literacy Chair, led the effort and said, "A Dictionary can open the door to literacy for a child - we have helped open 500 doors in the Capitol Hill area.  And, we send a big thank you to the local schools for partnering with us in this effort".   

One of the four pillars of service in Rotary is Literacy.  The Dictionary Project is one way that the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill has chosen to help meet that goal. Other efforts are planned for later in the year.  

The Capitol Hill Dictionary Project is funded by the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill.  Members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill raise funds and also donate their own time and treasure to assure that local, as well as international service projects are implemented.  

Rotary is an international service organization with more than 1.2 million members worldwide. The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill has more than 35 members and meets every Tuesday at 7:15 am at the Uno Chicago Grill Station Grill (50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC) on the 2nd floor of Union Station in DC.  


Greg Robert

President, 2012-13

Rotary Club of Capitol Hill