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Rotary Club gifts dictionaries to Putnam County third graders

Putnam County Rotary Literacy Chair Adriane Shore displays one of the student dictionaries given to each Putnam County Elementary School third grader, along with a Spanish-English dictionary that is added for bi-lingual students.
Putnam County Rotary Literacy Chair Adriane Shore displays one of the student dictionaries given to each Putnam County Elementary School third grader, along with a Spanish-English dictionary that is added for bi-lingual students.

Putnam County Rotary presented each third grader with his and her own personal dictionary in a “Zoom” event held with Rotarians and students on Oct. 2.

The virtual experience did not detract from the project’s goal of emphasizing the importance of using an actual dictionary, where you see words in context, and where you can browse reference materials from American history to weights and measures, to the galaxy and beyond.

Among the presenters were club president Tina Dolder, literacy chair Adriane Shore, Scott Shore and school superintendent Carl Carlson.

Carlson challenged the students with a couple of word-find activities using their new dictionaries. Rotarians also explained the bookplate on which each wrote his or her name, bearing the Rotary “four-way test” which, similar to “character counts,” emphasizes the importance of being truthful, fair to all concerned, and friendly, while always acting in a manner that will be beneficial to all concerned. … and if students did not know the meaning of the word “beneficial,” they can now look it up!

This marks the project’s 14th year, and 16th class of recipients. In its first year of participation, the club had included fourth and fifth graders at Putnam County Elementary School to be “fair to all concerned!” As stated by Rotary, “In this day of digital shortcuts, printed books — and resource books in particular — still hold irreplaceable value in a student’s hands.”

The Dictionary Project is part of Rotary’s worldwide support of literacy and learning. The project has delivered more than 250,000 dictionaries this fall, and more than 33 million dictionaries since the national project’s founding in 1995.

For more information, contact PutnamCountyRotary@gmail.com.

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