Rotary Donates Dictionaries

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Volunteers from the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club recently visited Stewart School in Garden City where they distributed student dictionaries to three third grade classes in the Stewart School auditorium.

Rotary volunteers from left: Althea Robinson, Peter Marshall, Dean Michael Sniffen and project chairperson Jennifer Poupis
Rotary volunteers from left: Althea Robinson, Peter Marshall, Dean Michael Sniffen and project chairperson Jennifer Poupis

The students learned that dictionaries provide much more than words and definitions. The student dictionaries provide information about the origins of language and writing and include sections on weights, measures, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, maps of seven continents, information about each state, biographies of our presidents, background on the planets in our solar system and other intriguing facts.Established in 2007, this Rotary Club service provides for between 500 and 600 dictionaries, published by the Dictionary Project, to be distributed to third graders in both Garden City and Mineola.

In Garden City, the schools include Stewart and Stratford Schools; St. Anne’s and St. Joseph’s; in Mineola, the Jackson Avenue School. Last year, Rotary expanded the Dictionary Project with a presentation of the books to the charitable New Ground organization located in Hempstead.

The Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club meets on alternate Mondays at the Garden City Hotel. To learn how to join the club or for more information, call President Susan MacDonald, president at 516-643-5286.
—Submitted by Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club

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