Rotary Club distributes dictionaries to third-grade students

A group of third graders received a special gift Thursday—the gift of words.

The Rotary Dictionary Project is a nationwide effort to provide young students with their own personal dictionaries. Members of the Anchorage South Rotary Club distributed the dictionaries to students at Chinook Elementary School; this is the club’s sixth year participating.

This year’s dictionary is filled with more than just terms and definitions. It also includes a mini encyclopedia filled with maps, facts about U.S. presidents, and math conversation tables.

Many of the children who received dictionaries come from homes where English is a second language and may not have access to a lot of resources.

Rotary members say seeing the joy on the children’s faces when they learn the book is theirs to keep makes the project worthwhile.

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