For the fourth consecutive year the Rotary Club of St. Maarten is distributing dictionaries to grade 3 students as part of efforts to promote literacy. This year over 700 English dictionaries will be provided to students in 15 schools. Yesterday a team of six Rotarians presented students at St Dominic’s, Hill Side Christian, Ruby Labega and Sister Magda schools with their dictionaries. The team included Rotarians Henna, Maria, Rebecca, Kishore, Damu, Nick and Danny. Today another team of Rotarians will present dictionaries to Mac 1&2 as well as the new Cay Hill Hillside school.
The Rotary Club purchases special student dictionaries through the non-profit organization, The Dictionary Project.
Third grade students receive the dictionaries at this particular time in their formal education as most primary schools teach the children to use an English dictionary in the third grade. Through this effort, each student is the proud owner of what is often her or his first dictionary. Students are encouraged to take them home so that the entire family may benefit.
In a press release the Rotary Club of St. Maarten thanked Shams in Philipsburg for its assistance to make this project possible. “A special thank you goes out to all of the children for their enthusiasm and beautiful smiles,” the Rotary stated.