Words to Learn by Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries to Schools

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Words to Learn by Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries to Schools


While students increasingly make use of computers in the classroom, there's still a spot for a good, old-fashioned dictionary.

During the past two weeks, third-graders in public and private schools in Mundelein and Vernon Hills have been receiving paperback dictionaries, courtesy of the Mundelein/Vernon Hills Rotary Club.

"We just call it the dictionary project," says club member Charlie Price, who helped distribute about 1,200 copies. This is the second year of the effort.

Price read about a woman who had moved from New Jersey to North Carolina and settled on the dictionary giveaway as a way to improve student performance. He called the woman, received some information and took it up with his fellow Rotarians.

"The club decided it was something we could do that could have an impact in our community," he said.

Third-graders were chosen as recipients because they are at the age when teachers are introducing the use of the dictionary as well as writing projects for which it can be used.

And because not all students have access to a dictionary at home, the reference book becomes a valuable tool outside the classroom as well.

"There's a great educational value for a lot of students who don't have this at home," said Ray Partridge, a Rotarian and superintendent of Mundelein Elementary District 75.

Besides definitions, the version presented to students also includes information such as the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, geography and other subjects.

"I don't think we're in the dark ages with the dictionary. There are 1,200 students we're going to impact," said Price.

"What if we moved three of them from a marginal students to a good student? They could go from someone being an unskilled person to being an educated person at any level and making a better life for themselves."

Woodland seeks volunteers: Just because the strike is over does not mean parents and residents in Woodland Elementary District 50 can take it easy.

The school board is encouraging residents to volunteer and be involved in various committees that affect the district.

Finance, long-range planning, assessment, curriculum, technology and parent support groups like the Parent Teacher Association, Friends of Woodland and Music Boosters are among ways people can stay involved with what is happening with the Gurnee-area district.

For information, call the administration office at (847) 856- 3590.

Also, for residents unable to attend the school board forum last week, a presentation on district finances was made and it is available on the district Web site at www. …

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