Capital Rotary Club members John Guignard (left) and Jenks Mikell (center) huddle with third-grade students at Arden Elementary School after distributing paperback dictionaries as part of the club’s annual participation in The Dictionary Project. The project, begun by a non-profit organization in Charleston in 1995, aims to help students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. Capital Rotary donated dictionaries to 840 students in 12 Richland County District One schools for 2014-15. Over the past 10 years, the club has purchased and given dictionaries to 10,500 third-graders in the Columbia area. A number of clubs in South Carolina and throughout the country are Dictionary Project sponsors. One of Rotary International’s six major goals is improving basic education and literacy.