Thursday, March 7, 2013 —
The Albemarle and West Stanly chapters of the Rotary Club handed out dictionaries to third graders at Norwood Elementary School Wednesday afternoon.
A coordinated effort amongst Albemarle, West Stanly and Charlotte clubs, the organization purchased enough dictionaries to give out to the entire third grade of Stanly County Schools (SCS). Charlotte Rotary received a grant and used the money to purchase dictionaries to donate to children. Albemarle and West Stanly Rotary created the labels that are posted in the inside cover of the books.
These weren’t dictionaries to be used in the classroom only, but rather were gifts to the students, so that they could take them home to best utilize the tools.
Norwood was their first stop on Wednesday and the group was to give out dictionaries to Central Elementary School on Thursday.
Albemarle Rotary Club President Peter Asciutto, West Stanly Rotary Club President Rev. Doug Van Niel and Rotary Club member Richard Storm were at Norwood to hand out the dictionaries to the students.
Superintendent Dr. Terry Griffin was also in attendance, representing the Rotary Club and SCS.
As the dictionaries were passed out, students and teachers alike began to flip through the pages. Then, noses sank closer to the books as those looking caught the aroma of freshly-printed text.
“Technology is important, we need technology... There are some things that can’t be replaced and you can never take away books. Books are special. There is always a place for books along with technology,” Griffin said.
Upon receiving the dictionaries, the students proved that they knew how to use them. Rotary Club members had the children look up words from their motto such as “trust,” “beneficial,” “friend” and “fair.”
Andrew Russell, 8, was one of the third graders to receive a dictionary.
“I’m happy to get a new one. My old one was ripped and had pages bent. This is my first brand-new dictionary.”
“They’re so excited to have these dictionaries. This will be a great tool that they can use throughout their school years. We will put them to good use looking up vocabulary words. We’re very thankful to the Rotary Club,” said Emily Smith, a third grade teacher at Norwood Elementary.
“It’s a great way to show involvement with schools,” Norwood Elementary Prin-cipal Susan Russell said.
She said that they don’t typically get book donations anymore.
“This is something that the kids can have. It’s fantastic,” Russell said.
“What was most worthwhile was seeing them thumb through the pages, getting that new-book smell,” Asciutto said.
“It was a great day seeing all of their smiling faces. They are our future. I’m glad to be able to make a contribution,” Storm said.
“I’m looking forward to delivering dictionaries to the other 10 schools,” Van Niel said.
Asciutto said that they have dictionaries for all 671 third graders in the county.
For more information on the West Stanly and/or Albemarle Rotary Club, visit rotaryweststanly.org or albemarlerotaryclub.org.
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