Lock Haven Rotary promotes literacy with Dictionary Project

The Rotary Club of Lock Haven recently presented free dictionaries to 382 third-grade students enrolled in elementary schools throughout Clinton County as part of a club service project focusing on literacy and learning.

"The Dictionary Project is designed to help students learn how to use a dictionary to look up, pronounce and spell new words. Knowing how to use a dictionary also helps the students become accurate spellers, good writers, active readers and creative thinkers," said April Welshans, Rotary Dictionary Project Chairman.

"Being literate, able to read and write, are key skills that will help students be successful in school and life," she said. "A dictionary is a powerful learning tool that will help our young people succeed."

Rotarians visited third-grade classrooms to distribute the dictionaries, encouraged students to look up new words, talked about the Rotary Four-Way Test, and explained that Rotarians do volunteer work to improve their community.

Club members Harlan Berger, Loretta Coltrane, Marie Harris, Brent Jones, Cindy Love, Brent May, Jacinth Maynard, David Pyle, April Welshans, and Mary White distributed the dictionaries and demonstrated how to use them to third graders at Dickey Elementary, Lamar Township Elementary, Liberty-Curtin Elementary, Lock Haven Catholic School, Mill Hall Elementary, Robb Elementary, Sugar Valley Charter School, Sugar Valley Elementary, Woodward Elementary and the Walnut Street Christian School.

The Rotary Club of Renovo distributed dictionaries to third graders at Renovo Elementary earlier in the school year.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional people united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, help build goodwill and promote peace, and strive to make a positive difference in their local communities and the world.

The Rotary Club of Lock Haven meets Tuesdays at noon at Haywood’s on the Green. For more information about Rotary community service projects and membership requirements, contact Club President Loretta Coltrane at lcolt@kcnet.org or (570) 769-2472.