Displaying their new dictionaries, at center from left, are Pottstown School District fourth graders Mackenzie Johnson, Savannah Sluzenski, Jansen Gibbs, and Destiny Cutler. Pottstown Rotary Club member Rich Zimmerman, left, and club Literary Chairman George Jackson look on
POTTSTOWN PA – More than 350 copies of the third edition of “Webster’s Dictionary for Students” have been distributed for free by the Pottstown Rotary Club to all fourth grade students in the Pottstown School District, the schools’ Director of Community Relations John J. Armato said Thursday (Sept. 26, 2013). The donation was a project of the club’s literary efforts.
The dictionaries represent “a quality addition to students’ home library of tools, to assist them in developing their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills,” Rotary Literary Chairman George Jackson said. They include 37,000 definitions, world maps, countries of the world, states of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, important events in American history, and presidents of the United States.
Recipients at Elizabeth B. Barth Elementary School immediately put their gifts to work on a class project, Principal Ryan Oxenford reported. He thanked the club for its generosity, and noted that students appreciate its “commitment to our schools and community. Being able to have their own dictionary at home provides our students with another necessary tool to improve their academic performance,” Oxenford said.
Photo from the Pottstown School District