Rotary Club of Hillsborough distributes free thesauruses

A lucky Hillsborough Elementary School third grader displays one of the few "Golden Tickets" randomly hidden in a few of the thesauruses given out by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. The ticket can be redeemed for a “Ride All Night” free pass for next year’s Rotary Fair. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HILLSBOROUGH

Continuing one of its longest running annual traditions, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough distributed free thesauruses to Hillsborough and Manville third graders this month, helping to ensure that the young students will have easy access to a tool that will serve them well throughout their academic careers. 

“The third graders and their teachers were genuinely excited and grateful to receive the thesauruses,” said Ben Rozenblat, who organized the project for the Rotary Club. “Rotarians across the country also participate in this important project, helping third graders to access and appreciate the rich vocabulary of the English language.”

This is one way the Rotary Club of Hillsborough gives back. And especially during the holiday season, general personal donations to local organizations continue.

“…Giving back to the community is our year-long mission,” said Mayor Shawn Lipani, who is also the president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough has been serving the Hillsborough community for over 60 years through monetary contributions, as well as through hands-on service projects. 

“Thanks to generous community support at our fundraisers, including our annual Rotary Fair,” Lipani added, “we have been able to raise funds for a wide variety of local, national and international service projects, as well as provide direct relief to local families facing a medical crisis, natural disaster or other tragic event.”  

In the past year, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough donated over $60,000 to the following organizations:

  • Adult Day Care Center of Somerset
  • Boy Scout Eagle Scout Awards
  • Community Hope Y Veterans Project
  • Crop Walk
  • Dictionaries for Third Graders
  • Florida Hurricane Relief
  • Food Bank of Somerset County
  • Gift of Life Program
  • Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Girl Scout Gold Awards
  • Hillsborough Families in Need
  • Hillsborough High School (HS) Cheer Booster Club
  • Hillsborough HS Project Graduation
  • Hillsborough HS Raiders Strength Club
  • Hillsborough HS Robotics Club
  • Hillsborough HS Scholarships
  • Hillsborough HS Track Club
  • Hillsborough Social Services
  • Michael’s Miracles
  • Operation Shoebox New Jersey
  • Rise to Shine-Africa
  • Rotary Eradicate Polio Project
  • ShelterBox USA
  • Steps Together
  • Veterans Services
  • World Trade Center Fund

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