2008-11-14 / Education

Richland District Two third- graders receive dictionaries

Contributed by Richland Two Schools

Students in Mrs. DesPortes' third- grade class at L.W. Conder Elementary receive their dictionaries from members of the Spring Valley Rotary Club. The students are pictured with (l- r) Jackie DesPortes; Maryssa Kucskar, USC student teacher; and Dan Toma; Brian Dunphy and Ken Morris of the Spring Valley Rotary Club. Students in Mrs. DesPortes' third- grade class at L.W. Conder Elementary receive their dictionaries from members of the Spring Valley Rotary Club. The students are pictured with (l- r) Jackie DesPortes; Maryssa Kucskar, USC student teacher; and Dan Toma; Brian Dunphy and Ken Morris of the Spring Valley Rotary Club. A total of 1,355 thirdgraders in 15 Richland District Two elementary schools are receiving their own dictionaries from the Spring Valley Rotary Club. For the past eight years every third- grade student in a South Carolina public school has received a dictionary, thanks in part to donations from people all over the country and Rotary Clubs in Districts 7770 and 7750 in South Carolina who participate in the Dictionary Project. The goal of this program 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.

Forty members of the Spring Valley Rotary club are delivering dictionaries to the students. While in the classrooms, Rotarians help the students understand how to use the dictionary and talk about Rotary and its service projects. "Reading is the most important skill of all. It is the starting point for all the economic and social opportunities this world has to offer. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn," says Judy Gaskins who serves as the Dictionary Project chair for the club. "Our members love this project," she added.

Mal ik Jefferson a third- grader at L. W. Conder Elementary School in Mrs. Wise's class receives his dictionary from the Spr ing Val ley Rotary Club. Mal ik Jefferson a third- grader at L. W. Conder Elementary School in Mrs. Wise's class receives his dictionary from the Spr ing Val ley Rotary Club. The books were labeled and sorted by Spring Valley High School students under the direction of teacher Steve Sistrunk.

The Dictionary Project is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Last year over 65,401 South Carolina third graders received dictionaries. The national project is headquartered in Charleston, SC. For more information log on to www.dictionaryproject.org

The Spring Valley Rotary club meets every Thursday from 1 to 2 pm in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road. To learn more about membership in the club visit www.springvalleyrotary. com or contact Bev Ryan at 477-4100.

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