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The Rotary Club has been giving free dictionaries to all the 3rd graders in the district for many years.  This morning, January 28, 2020, all the 3rd graders were very happy to receive a free copy of the dictionary.

“The Dictionary Project, headquartered in Charleston, S.C., was founded by Mary French in 1998. Rotary clubs, which have literacy as a main focus, and other nonprofit organizations across the nation participate in the distribution of more than 2 million dictionaries a year.”

“Third-graders are targeted because the educators tell us that up until the third grade, the children are learning to read, and from that point on, they are reading to learn,” said Wally Brown, a Rotarian involved with the project. “This is when they can really take off with their learning.”

“When asked if a hard copy of a dictionary is still useful, Brown said the kids can’t all run to a computer and definitely don’t all have smartphones or even access to a computer at home. For some students, it’s the only English book in their home.”

Thank You Rotary Club!  We appreciate your commitment to literacy!

(Quotes taken from https://www.ksl.com/article/27902794/rotary-club-donates-dictionaries-to-utah-third-graders)

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