On Friday, the Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres visited with third-graders at Lehigh Acres Elementary Schools to hand out dictionaries. Provided at no cost to the students or schools, they are for the children to keep, so they can take use it throughout school.
Third grade is when students begin learning dictionary skills. They are commencing to learn the importance of words; in their speech and in their writing.
Having a dictionary of their own gives them "word power" - to write essays in later years, to read a book and understand it, and to function in the business world when they grow up. It is not a children's book, but one they can keep and use all their lives, helping them to become knowledgeable adults.
Tortuga Preserve Elementary School community volunteers, back row, left to right, Jason Mathney and Katia Linzalone with Rotarian Jack Vealey; front Row, Betsy Elrod, Teresa Arlza, Rotarians Randy Moody and Earl Hart.
The nearly 1,500 third-grade students at G. Weaver Hipps Elementary, Harns Marsh Elementary, Lehigh Elementary, Mirror Lakes Elementary, Tortuga Preserve Elementary, Sunshine Elementary and Veterans Park Academy for the Arts received Webster's "A Student's Dictionary."
This year will be the club's 12th 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 satisfaction, mostly from the outpouring of excitement and appreciation from the students.