Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 23, 2013

Rotarians at work in the community


CROSSVILLE — Members of the Crossville Rotary Club have been very busy this past month! September is the time the club introduces their Character Project to the fourth-grade classes in Cumberland County and also gives a dictionary to every third-grader in the county.

This project is one of the many projects the club does to help young people in our community.

The dictionaries are given to every third-grader to assist them in their school work and aid teachers in their lesson plans. Many of the teachers were thrilled to see the Rotarians coming with the dictionaries! They use them year round in class and then the students take them home and have them always. The dictionaries are more than just words and definitions — they have the solar system, Braille, sign language, the Declaration of Independence and more!

The Character Project is implemented for all fourth-graders in the county. They are given a coloring book and crayons. The booklet contains pictures and descriptions of good characteristics such as: telling the truth, fairness, good will and being respectful of others. This is based on the Rotary Four-Way Test. These students then have the opportunity in a few months to write a one page essay using one of the good characteristics. The essays will be judged and one fourth-grader from every elementary school in Cumberland County will win a bicycle, second place will receive a $25 gift card, and third place a $15 gift card.

Pepe Perron, chairperson of this project, said, “Over 600 dictionaries and over 600 character coloring books will be delivered to the schools.“ It is an exciting time for the students, teachers and especially the Rotarians!

Projects like this are made possible by the many fundraising events the club holds every year. All proceeds from these fundraisers either come back to our community through scholarships, food baskets and blue jeans at Christmas and this project just to name a few. They also assist with the global causes of Rotary including clean water projects and the eradication of polio. When you see a Rotarian selling a ticket to an event, to buy a barbecue chicken half or sponsorship of the 5K or radio days, know that the money is going to help make your community and the world a better place to live!