The Rotary Club of Paonia came bearing gifts on Nov. 15 for the third graders in Jeannie Hinyard's and Rhonda Pinckard's classes at Hotchkiss K-8. They were big, beautiful dictionaries.
Carrie Coats, principal, said her two daughters still use the dictionaries they received when they were in third grade.
Rotarians Pam Bliss, Peggy Szvetecz and Glenn Dahlgren delivered the dictionaries.
Bliss was told by one father that he found his daughter in bed with the dictionary over her face, sound asleep. His daughter is a student at Paonia Elementary.
The Rotarians asked the students to open to the name plate inside the dictionary and write their names. "In 30 years you'll look in there and say, 'This is how I wrote in the third grade!' " Bliss said.
The students were excited looking through the beautifully illustrated dictionaries. Bliss asked the students to look up specific words which explained the mission of Rotary including service and polio. Rotary is a service organization and one of its missions is to totally end polio worldwide. It also provides local scholarships and does highway cleanup of litter.
The Rotary Club of Paonia gave dictionaries to third graders at Hotchkiss K-8, Paonia Elementary, Crawford School and North Fork Community Montessori School.
"It's so much fun. The kids love them and the teachers do too," Bliss said.blog comments powered by Disqus