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Nov. 17, 2016 - More than 300 students receive dictionaries from Walden Rotary Club

a third grade student holds up her dictionary  Yet another class of third-grade students will never have to wonder how to pronounce or spell a particular word, thanks to the Walden Rotary Club.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, members of the club visited third-grade students in every Valley Central School District elementary school as well Most Precious Blood parochial school in Walden bearing gifts of dictionaries.
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.  The Walden Rotary Club participates in this initiative each November.
After they passed out the dictionaries, the members played a game where they challenged each student to be the first to find a particular word. At Montgomery Elementary School, that word was “motto.” After the first student who located the word read the definition out loud to the class, Rotary Club member Peter Sullivan explained the club’s motto, “service above self.”
“The lesson goes beyond spelling and pronunciation,” Superintendent of Schools John Xanthis said.  “When our students have the opportunity to interact with local organizations such as the Walden Rotary Club, they learn important lessons about being part of a community and giving back. We’re so grateful to the Walden Rotary Club for their support of our students and district.”