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January, 2016: The Allentown Rotary Club Distributes 1,300+ Dictionaries to 13 Elementary Schools for Annual Dictionary Project
The Community Service Committee of the Allentown Rotary Club has distributed over 1,300 Dictionaries to 50 Classrooms in 13 Elementary Schools throughout the Allentown School District as part of its annual participation in The Dictionary Project on December 17, 2015. The Allentown Rotary has been providing dictionaries for Allentown School District’s third graders for over 10 years.
“The Rotary Club of Allentown has always had a close partnership with the Allentown School District through the Dictionary Project, Interact Club and our Roger and Louise Mullin Scholarships,” says Jonathan Epstein, Allentown Rotary Chairperson for the Dictionary Project. “The Dictionary Project consistently been a favorite service project for our club – we look forward to distributing dictionaries all year long, almost as much as the students look forward to getting them!”
“The work of the Allentown Rotary Club in the annual Dictionary Project provides our students not only a valuable resource, but also provides a valuable experience interacting and learning from the Rotarians. The Allentown School District is truly thankful for the time and dedication the Allentown Rotary Club extends to our students. This is an event we look forward to each year!” comments Jennifer Ramos, the Director of Literacy for the Allentown School District.
This project is privately and generously funded by the Allentown Rotary Club Foundation and members from the Rotary Club and has been an invaluable resource for Allentown’s third graders. Volunteers from the Allentown Rotary Club distributed dictionaries to teachers and students in the following Elementary Schools in the Allentown School District: Cleveland; Hiram Dodd; Jefferson; Lehigh Parkway; Luis A. Ramos; McKinley; Mosser; Muhlenberg; Ritter; Roosevelt; Sheridan; Union Terrace and Washington.
Since its implementation in 1995, the Dictionary Project has provided over 26 million dictionaries to students nationwide, thanks to the generosity of participating sponsors. Third grade classrooms are targeted recipients of dictionaries nationwide, as educators have established that grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn.
The Allentown Rotary Club is one of the first 125 charters of Rotary International (RI). It is a diverse group of professionals representing individuals and businesses throughout the Lehigh Valley. Rotary International is a worldwide membership organization of over 1.3 million business and professionals who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace throughout the world. More information about The Allentown Rotary Club can be found online at www.allentownrotary.org
January, 2015: The Allentown Rotary Club Awards $10,000 Community Service Grant to Community Bike Works
Allentown, PA, The Community Service Committee of the Allentown Rotary Club has awarded its 2014 Community Service Grant of $10,000 to Community Bike Works of Allentown.
Community Bike Works was selected because of their service to the community’s youth, and educational programs that teach life lessons through bicycle mechanics. Their flagship Earn-A-Bike program, which started in 1995, pairs students with adult mentors for a 12-week course in bicycle mechanics and safety. In the course of working on their bikes, students learn skills such as mechanics, writing and teamwork. Students enjoy the satisfaction of turning a broken bike into a functional one, and are awarded their refurbished bike and new helmet at the conclusion of the course.
“Community Bike Works is thrilled to be a recipient of a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Allentown – and even more excited to partner with the Allentown Rotary in order to help serve our students in Earn-a-Bike and across our range of programs,” says Kim Schaffer, Executive Director of Community Bike Works in Allentown. “The young people of Community Bike Works will benefit from the opportunity to connect with our community leaders and to learn from Rotary’s principles of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership,” continues Schaffer.
“The Allentown Rotary Club has been looking to partner with an organization like Community Bike Works: a dedicated group that is making a difference in the lives of the youth throughout Allentown,” says Ann McManus, the Allentown Rotary Club Community Service Chairwoman.
The Allentown Rotary Foundation is a Not-For-Profit Corporation providing worldwide humanitarian grants to needy peoples and worthy projects, and educational awards for international exchanges of scholars and teachers and business and professional people. Its objective is the achievement of world understanding and peace through international charitable and educational programs. The Foundation was established in 1969 to contribute to the betterment of the community. It is the intent of the Foundation to distribute the earnings annually to qualified local charitable and social welfare organizations. More information about The Allentown Rotary Club can be found online at www.allentownrotary.org