North Creek Rotary awards dictionaries locally

INDIAN LAKE - Upholding literacy, on of its core values, The Rotary Club of North Creek adopted a program four years ago to give free dictionaries to local school children. Ernie Pollman, on behalf of the club delivered six of those dictionaries to Susan Norris's third grade class at Indian lake Central School (ILCS) last week.

"The kids get really excited about this," said ILCS Principal David Snide.

The students accepted the paperback children's dictionaries and received an assignment in them that day.

"I walked by their classroom the day after they received the dictionaries and they all had them open," said Snide. "It's a great thing to see them eager to use them."

The dictionary program is practiced by local Rotary Clubs as part of a national non profit organization called The Dictionary Project. Their is to assist all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students with their own personal dictionary. Over 14 million dictionaries have been delivered through the national program.

The North Creek Rotary uses the program in the Johnsburg and Indian Lake schools.

Not only is literacy one of the core values of The Rotary, literacy program are available local at the North Country Outreach Center.

"We have many local literacy volunteers," said Ernie Pollman. "And it is a service that should be widely used. This raises awareness for that."

The students will keep their dictionaries and are encouraged to use them both at home and in school. The schools are very encouraging and supportive of the program, according to Pollman.

For more information on The Dictionary Project, visit www.dictionaryproject.org.

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