Local auction to benefit Greene County kids

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Rotary Club of Paragould is holding its 62nd annual Rotary Auction this week.

The proceeds from Monday and Tuesday night will go towards purchasing school materials for Greene County.

Former auction chairperson Kelly Roswell said the organization collects about $15,000 annually from the event.  The Rotary Club uses more than 98% of the funds on service projects in Greene County.

Club president-elect Dennis Cooper said his favorite project of the 20 the organization did in the past year is giving dictionaries and thesauruses to about 700 students in Greene County. "We go into every third grade classroom in the county and physically give each of those students a dictionary," he said.  "It's just fun to do that and see their reaction and how appreciative they are."

Sixth grader Halle Roleson still uses the dictionary she received in third grade, and the thesaurus she received in fifth grade from the Rotary Club. "We actually do use them for school, and some kids they can't really afford to go out and get some, and so it's really helpful that they do that."

The Rotary Club of Paragould is a member of Rotary International, a 1.2 million member service club committed to "service above self," according to the web site.  Organization members volunteer and donate to international and local projects focused on bettering the lives of children through health and education initiatives and fundraisers.

The Rotary Auction is 6:30-10:00 p.m. at the Paragould Country Club, located at 3300 Pruetts Chapel Rd. To donate items to the auction, contact Dennis Cooper at 870.450.0506.  A list of auction items is on the Rotary Club of Paragould web site.

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