The Rich-Mar Rotary surprised students at Hance Elementary School on November 30, 2016 with dictionaries. They provided each third grader with their own copy.
To the students’ and teachers’ delight the dictionaries are filled with other reference materials such as the periodic table of elements, multiplication tables, weights and measures, punctuation, maps of the world, the planets, sign language and much more.
Rich-Mar Rotary has been donating dictionaries for about 11 years in the Pine-Richland School District. The program is part of a national and international Dictionary Project. The goal is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creating thinkers and resourceful learners. Why third grade? Third grade is the time when many students begin to “Read to Learn” rather than “Learn to Read,” according to educators.
By providing dictionaries to the students, Rich-Mar Rotary hopes the reference book will assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners.
In addition, the project helps to build goodwill between the students and Rotary, which provides scholarships and leadership opportunities to students as well as working with the Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund.
“I will often hear from a scholarship recipient or leadership participant, who will remember receiving a dictionary in third grade,” said Mr. Chuck Berry, Rotary programs officer.
In addition to Mr. Berry, fellow Rotarian Mr. Matt Schellhaas helped organize and distribute dictionaries. As an added touch, they placed each student’s name on his or her dictionary. At Hance, they passed out 90 plus dictionaries and will stop at Richland and Wexford elementary schools. In all, they will provide PR with nearly 240 dictionaries.
The Rotary raises funds through several community projects including the beloved Mars Apple Fest and Pancake Breakfast just to name a few. The Rotary is the world’s oldest service club organization and is a network of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage the highest ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill around the world. The Rotary is made up of 1.2 million members serving 33,000 clubs in 200 countries.