Local 5th Graders Receive ‘Gifted Hands’ book from OFTC’s Rotaract Club

Every fifth-grade student within the city, county and private schools in Laurens County received the book Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson from OFTC’s Rotaract Club who visited the groups of students to hand out books, March 5 – 6.  

OFTC’s Rotaract Club works with the Dublin Rotary who sponsor the books each year. 

“Dr. Carson’s story is inspiring for anyone, but especially these young fifth grade students,” shared Janet Smith, OFTC’s Director of Student Life and Rotaract Club Advisor. “His story shows the type of perseverance and support that is required to rise above your circumstances, which is a message we all need at times.” 

When the Rotaract Club decided to take on this project, they chose the book, Gifted Hands because of its message, Smith added“By exposing students to a story of the rewards of discipline, we increase the likelihood that our community fifth graders will not only come to understand the importance of reading and writing but will also be encouraged to understand that regardless of their circumstances they can achieve their goals and follow their dreams.” 

Prior to distributing the books to each student, OFTC’s Rotaract Club members presented a video of Dr. Carson to the students and talked with them about the type of perseverance it takes to never give up and follow one’s dreams.  

Participating fifth grade classes were from Northwest Laurens Elementary, Trinity Christian, Dublin Middle School, Southwest Laurens Elementary and East Laurens Elementary. 

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OFTC's VP for Academic Affairs, Michele Strickland, speaking with East Laurens Elementary School fifth grade students about the book 'Gifted Hands' by Dr. Ben Carson. Given by Rotaract Club
OFTC’s VP for Academic Affairs, Michele Strickland, speaking with East Laurens Elementary School fifth grade students about the book ‘Gifted Hands’ by Dr. Ben Carson.
OFTC students, also Rotaract Club members, speaking with fifth grade students at Dublin Middle School about the book 'Gifted Hands' by Dr. Ben Carson.
OFTC students, also Rotaract Club members, speaking with fifth grade students at Dublin Middle School about the book ‘Gifted Hands’ by Dr. Ben Carson.
OFTC students, also Rotaract Club members, speaking with fifth grade students at Northwest Laurens Elementary School about the book 'Gifted Hands' by Dr. Ben Carson.
OFTC students, also Rotaract Club members, speaking with fifth grade students at Northwest Laurens Elementary School about the book ‘Gifted Hands’ by Dr. Ben Carson.
The group OFTC students who are apart of the College's Rotaract Club who went to pass out the book 'Gifted Hands' by Dr. Ben Carson to fifth grade students at Southwest Laurens Elementary School.
The group OFTC students who are apart of the College’s Rotaract Club who went to pass out the book ‘Gifted Hands’ by Dr. Ben Carson to fifth grade students at Southwest Laurens Elementary School.
OFTC students, also Rotaract Club members, speaking with fifth grade students at Trinity Christian School about the book 'Gifted Hands' by Dr. Ben Carson.
OFTC students, also Rotaract Club members, speaking with fifth grade students at Trinity Christian School about the book ‘Gifted Hands’ by Dr. Ben Carson.