The Brookhaven Rotary Club gave the gift of language to the entire Cross Keys High School freshmen class March 16.

At an assembly that day, Brookhaven Rotarians presented a new paperbook Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary to each member of the Cross Keys freshman class, a total of 350 dictionaries.

The assembly featured speakers who reminded the class that education and the power of language are the tools they need to be successful in today’s competitive world. Those speakers included Karen Kropp, the president of the Brookhaven Rotary Club; Roger Trueba of the Latin American Association Youth Organization; Chantelle Anderson, who plays center for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream; and Richard Belcher, a WSB-TV investigative reporter and anchor and an alumnus of Cross Keys. Each speaker reminded the students to take advantage of the learning opportunities they have and to use language to differentiate themselves in their chosen fields of endeavor.

The Brookhaven Rotary Club maintains a focus on youth, education and literacy. The club meets each Wednesday at the Capital City Club from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. for lunch, fellowship and interesting programs.