The Rotary Club of Dunwoody is continuing its 25-year tradition of giving a colorful age-appropriate book to every child at Dresden Elementary School.
For the past three years, the club has added Kingsley Elementary students as recipients. The librarians of each school provide the names of the books for each grade level, the Rotarians order them, and at their first meeting in December, members place a label inside each book for personalization. A vocabulary list in English and Spanish is placed in each of the books by members following their meeting.
This year 2,200 of these books will be presented to the students. The project is chaired by Jack Sparks and is paid for by the charitable fund of the club. Many of the students say the books they received in earlier years are the only books they own. Students write thank you notes to the club, and these are placed on the tables at the holiday luncheon where the Dresden choir sings Christmas songs for attendees.
Also, for the third year, the club provided baskets of 82 turkeys with trimmings which were valued at $72 each for qualified families in the Kingsley area. The baskets were all decorated by the children and either delivered or picked up by Nov. 22.
In the month of October, the 48th Street Market in Dunwoody offered to donate $3 to the recently formed Police Foundation for each pizza purchased from the Market. On Dec. 6, a check for $1,000 was presented to Dunwoody Police Chief Grogan by the market’s owner, Charlie Augello.