All third-grade students in Lehigh Acres, enrolled in the Lee County Public School system, received a dictionary Friday.
The dictionaries are for the children to keep, so that they can take it with them to the fourth grade and can use it throughout their school career.
The third grade was targeted because this is the age when children are beginning to learn the importance of words, in their speech and in their writing.
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Left to right, Rotarians Patty Vealey, Chuck Hodde and Steve Thomas at Veterans Park Academy of the Arts.
Having a dictionary of their own gives students "word power" - to write essays in later years, to read a book and understand it,and to function later in the business world.
It is not a children's book, but one they can keep and use all their lives, helping them to become knowledgeable adults.
G. Weaver Hipps Elementary, Harns Marsh Elementary, Lehigh Elementary, Mirror Lakes Elementary, Tortuga Preserve Elementary, Sunshine Elementary, Veterans Park Academy of the Arts and Lehigh Charter School of Excellence received approximately 1,300 Webster's "A Student's Dictionary" and 170 bilingual dictionaries.
This year will be the club's 11th consecutive year for the project.
The administrators and teachers were most grateful for the Rotarians' generosity and the students could not believe the books were for them to keep.
The Rotarians came away from the experience with a great deal of satisfaction, mostly from the outpouring of excitement and appreciation from the students.