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Rotary Club provides dictionaries to every third-grade student

photo of students with bearsAt right, Rotarian Ellen Butz, Executive Director of LARAC, speaks with Big Cross third-graders about using their dictionaries.

October 27, 2015 — For the seventh year in a row, Rotarians visited Glens Falls City School District classrooms on October 6th, personally delivering almost 150 dictionaries to third-grade classes.

The Glens Falls Rotary is providing each third-grader his or her own dictionary to keep, as part of the group's international project to promote literacy.

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Rotarians Barbara Wilhelm of Adirondack Trust, and attorney Bill Nealon visited Jackson Heights elementary as part of the dictionary distribution project on October 6, 2015.

"A dictionary is perhaps the most powerful reference tool that a child can use,” the organization says. "It helps them with spelling, pronunciation and definitions as well as the development of reading, writing and creative thinking skills. Students benefit from an increased self-reliance and resourcefulness inspired by the maxim 'look it up.' Teachers benefit by knowing their students have consistent access to a tool for homework and in-class explorations."

Several teams of Rotary volunteers are distributing dictionaries at schools around the region this month. Nearly 500 dictionaries are given out community-wide as part of the Dictionary Project. “We appreciate it so much,”said Jackson Heights principal Carrie Mauro.

The Glens Falls Rotary Club has about 140 members who volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self.”