Rotary Club Gives Free Dictionaries to All Third Grade Students at BCPS

From the Daily Independent
By Rachel Adkins
October 3, 2018


SUMMIT:  Summit Elementary School third-graders eagerly thumbed through their personal dictionaries Tuesday morning as Ashland Rotary Club members handed the books out to each child.

The dictionaries were free and are a contribution the service club makes every year to all third grade classes in the Boyd County school system.

“Sometimes this might be their only book that they really get … honestly I think this is wonderful,” said Rotary Club Member Ann Perkins who was joined by members Michael Huy and Jim Hall for the distribution.

After every student had a dictionary Perkins explained to the group the values of the club and tasked them to all find the word “beneficial.”

Perkins said the dictionaries are funded through Rotary’s service projects and in-club raffles. She estimated that around 225 dictionaries were purchased this year.

“It’s amazing when you hand it to (the students) and they say “thank you.” That’s really incredible,” said Huy, with Hall adding that it’s fun to see the students so enthused.

Principal Sean Stewart expressed his gratitude for the donation, saying the dictionaries bring excitement to the students.

“Anytime that our community partners with our school and brings resources in it’s a win-win situation,” he said.

Third grade teacher Melody Craft echoed Stewart, saying community partners are instrumental to public schools. She noted that despite the digital age, hard copies of dictionaries are still used every day.

“Using those is a skill that all students need and I think they’re invaluable to learning many things, parts of speech and word meanings and how to use them in sentences,” she said.

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