More than 200 third-grade students from Sawgrass Bay Elementary received their own copy of A Student’s Dictionary & Gazetteer recently from the Rotary Club of South Lake County.
The Rotary Club believes that students cannot do their best without a dictionary, so they started this community service project to help provide this very powerful reference tool as an educational resource to teachers and students.
“The students each now have a personal dictionary which also contains many useful facts such as the United States Constitution, multiplication tables and the longest word in the English language,” said Rotarian Denny Blankenship.
One of the objectives of Rotary International is to improve literacy around the globe. Where better to start than in our own backyard? According to Blankenship, the Rotary Club of South Lake County, whose goal is to build literacy in our community, was able to deliver more than 1,000 new student dictionaries to South Lake County students.
“Reading is such a foundational skill,” said Catherine Friedrich, Sawgrass Bay Elementary’s Writing Coach. “It gives students the opportunity to become better writers, readers and creative thinkers — leading to greater understanding in all areas of our student’s lives. We are grateful that the Rotary Club of South Lake County was able to give this gift to our students to help them move towards a higher level of success.”