Many thanks go out to our volunteers at the Bushtukah warehouse on October 6th who loaded 1,371 dictionaries into the vehicles of 13 participating clubs from District 7040 and 7810.  Left, in the warehouse, to be delivered were our club's 525 dictionaries.  Our 11 teams of volunteers delivered them to 11 schools by curbside drop off due to Covid-19 again this Fall. 

Meet our volunteers in this short video (or paste this url in your browser https://youtu.be/KZULLycOLHY)

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 (www.canadahelps.org). 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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Last 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.  This year 1,896 books arrived - a little later than expected - but they did finally make their way this summer from Dubai. And our order for the Fall of 2022 has just been sent -- 2,136 books. 

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, Napanee and Montreal-Lakeshore joined the District 7040 D4L literacy project over the past few years. Some remain on the project a couple withdrew.

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.  The data will be updated to reflect this past year.  

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.

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