Orange Grove Rotary brings special delivery to Harrison Co. Elementary Schools

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We live in a time where kids are constantly on their phones or computers. Today, a local group placed a book in the hands of hundreds of children.
News 25’s Toni Miles takes us to Bel Aire Elementary School in Gulfport, just one elementary school where the Orange Grove Rotary Club handed out dictionaries to students.
In the words of the world’s youngest Noble Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for human rights and equal education, let us remember: “One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
The Orange Grove Rotary Club is also lending a hand when it comes to investing in our young people and their education. On Monday, Rotarians gave dictionaries to third graders throughout the Harrison County School District.
Third grader Gavin Hill wasted no time. Gavin already has a pretty expansive vocabulary and he’s not afraid to use it. Wise beyond his years, Gavin knows this is just an early chapter in his education as he continues to learn. “The ladies gave me a dictionary. I really like this. This could really increase my vocabulary. If I have new words and don’t know what they mean I can just look in this.”
Barbara Nalley with the Orange Grove Rotary Club said, “We hope it encourages the children to read more, to utilize books and not just electronics. That is one of our main goals in doing this. We’ve learned over the years there are actually some children who do not own a book.”
In all, the Orange Grove Rotary Club is giving out dictionaries to nine schools in the Harrison County School District. Third grade teacher Michelle Sanford said, “This student, Jerron, loves the dictionary. He asked to borrow my student dictionary from last year. He’s gone through it several times.”
Now all these students have the latest edition they can call their own. Rotarian Lorraine Santo said, “I think it’s important that children have dictionaries. A lot of children don’t have electronics. Even if they do have electronics, when the battery runs out, what do they need? They need a book to look at.”