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Nov. 19, 2015 - Walden Rotary Club donates dictionaries to Valley Central students

Rotary members discuss literacy Is “nuclear” pronounced “NEW-cu-ler” or “New-CLEE-er”? When does “i” before “e” not apply? Thanks to a generous donation from the Walden Rotary Club, all third graders in the Valley Central School District have the ability to find out. 
On Nov. 19, members from the Walden Rotary Club traveled to each of Valley Central School District’s elementary school to personally distribute the club’s donation of 336 dictionaries to all third grade students, including students at Most Precious Blood School. 
The donation is part of a larger initiative called “The Dictionary Project.”  According to the initiative’s website, the goal of the project is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. 
At East Coldenham Elementary School, Rotarians Diane Decker and Leslie Myers visited each third grade classroom to present the dictionaries to the students. 
Rotarian Leslie Myers points out a word in the dictionary “The Rotary Club supports education,” said Myers. “Third grade is an excellent time for these children to receive a dictionary; they’re at the right age to start using it.” students talk about the dictionaries they've received
After speaking about the Rotary Club’s mission of “service above self,” the Rotarians assisted students as they excitedly paged through their new books looking up the definitions of unfamiliar words such as “decade” and “withdraw.”
“I’m really excited about the new dictionary because now I can look up any word in the world, and I’ll know how to spell it,” said third-grade student Angelina Brickley. 
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to not only improve literacy but to understand that we’re all part of a bigger community,” said East Coldenham Principal Marianne Serratore. “We’re very grateful for the Rotary Club’s generosity.”