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Rotaries give dictionaries to area 3rd-graders

6 local clubs band to provide books to students across San Ramon Valley

Third-graders across the San Ramon Valley Unified School District are set to receive nearly 2,500 printed dictionaries this fall from the six local Rotary clubs.

This marks the 16th consecutive year that the Danville, Danville/Sycamore Valley, Alamo, Dougherty Valley/San Ramon, San Ramon and San Ramon Valley rotary clubs have joined forces to provide dictionaries to every third-grade student in the district.

The Rotarians hope the books will help the young students "develop into lifelong readers," Danville Rotary Club Kathy Chiverton said Thursday.

"Educators say that up until the third grade, children are learning how to read. After that, they're reading to learn," she added.

Rotary members are in the process of distributing the books to all third-grade classrooms in the SRVUSD's 21 elementary schools. The Danville club made deliveries to Green Valley, Montair, Sycamore Valley and Vista Grande elementary schools during the past week, Chiverton said.

The cost of the dictionaries is shared among the six clubs.

"This is a great way for all six clubs in our community to unite on the common purpose of supporting literacy in our schools," said Barry Toby, president of the Rotary Club of San Ramon. "Rotary's presence is very strong in the San Ramon Valley, and this is another example of that."

The local effort dates back to the 1997-98 school year, when then-District Governor George E. Chaffrey started the program.

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