This Fall, our club will present Dictionary4Life books - COVID 19 style -  to 12 Ottawa schools in both the public and Catholic school boards.

To see how we did it Covid 19 style watch this short video (3min18s)

See what a difference one dictionary can make for life! RCWO's 60 second entry to the DGs challenge to tell the story of a club project. http://youtube/uCwcZQKQ6nE 

To encourage donations for our local literacy project, Dictionary4Life, the Rotary Club of West Ottawa (Service Fund) Inc. has a profile on Canada Helps ( Donating to this project has never been simpler! Simply click to make a safe & secure donation. A $20 donation will purchase at least 2-3 dictionaries! A tax receipt will be issued by Canada Helps for donations.
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Fall 2020 presentations of books were to almost 2,400 Grade 3s in Ottawa, Prescott (Brockville club supported), Cornwall, Smiths Falls, Kingston, Eganville, Montreal-Lakeshore, Arnprior, Fredericton and Sackville, NB and Surrey, BC.  We have ordered 1,896 books to be on their way this summer from Dubai. How exciting!

Seven other Ottawa Rotary clubs participate.  They are Nepean-Kanata, Orleans, Ottawa, Ottawa Bytown, Ottawa South, Ottawa-Stittsville and South Nepean.

Rotary Clubs of Brockville, Kingston-Waterfront, Cornwall-Sunrise, Smiths Falls, Eganville, Arnprior and Montreal-Lakeshore joined the District 7040 D4L literacy project over the past few years.

And the project has expanded in Canada.  Former West Ottawa Rotarian Susan Fisher introduced the project to District 7810 and 2 Rotary and 2 Rotaract clubs presented books to Sackville, NB and Fredericton North students. Great work Rotary Clubs of Sackville and Fredericton North!

At last count this project since inception has seen 6,165 hours volunteered by 2,359 volunteers.  Total estimated cost is $58,546USD and $8,000USD in-kind by Bushtukah Inc. donated to our local communities in the form of Dictionary4Life.  

Our literacy project is normally augmented with the Ottawa Reads initiative wherein a team of volunteers read to students at Agincourt Road and Regina Street Public Schools.  With Covid19 we are unable to do in-school visits. 

And on our website is the Free Reading Program -- check it out in the right hand column of this website's home page.