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Fridley elementary students receive free dictionaries
Posted 10/09/2017 11:47AM

Third graders at Stevenson and Hayes Elementary Schools squealed with excitement on October 4, 2017 when each student got their hands on "A Student's Dictionary," generously donated by the Columbia Heights-Fridley Rotary Club. The third graders were eager to write their names in their dictionaries, as well as use the books’ index to discover the longest word in the English language.

The "Dictionary Project" is a program that is shared by many Rotary Clubs around the nation, as the support of education and literacy is one of their six areas of focus. The Columbia Heights-Fridley Rotary Club has been participating in "Dictionary Project" for 8 years.

"We thought giving away these dictionary and almanac combination books was a great way to participate in the education system to support our students," Rotarian Tim Blank said.

At Hayes and Stevenson, members of the Club were joined by Superintendent Peggy Flathmann, Community Education director Toni Craft, and other district staff, who helped distribute the dictionaries to the eagerly awaiting students.  The enthusiasm and excitement from each student is infectious, which makes this project a yearly favorite for Rotary members.

"Every year it never ceases to amaze me how excited the students are to get their own copy of this book," Blank said. "It's special to them because they know that they can have it for the rest of their lives. It's really neat to be able to provide that to our kids."

To view the day's photo album, click here!

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