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Rotarians make dictionary donations

Jared Whitley, Of the Record staff

Halloween came early on Monday for third-graders, as Rotary Clubs distributed dictionaries to them for free. "Nothing but treats today," said Rotarian Insa Riepen to Tori Carson’s class at McPolin Elementary School. Every year, Rotary Clubs give a copy of Webster’s Dictionary for Students to third-graders. The Park City Rotary Club did so for Park City School District, about 375 books, while the Sunrise Rotary Club did so for students in North Summit, South Summit, and Morgan school districts. "(A dictionary) opens exploration of words to them," Carson said. "By third-grade, they have a good vocabulary base. Now is the chance to explore the various meanings of words." To this, third-grader Suzie Carroll said, "I don’t even know half the words you’re saying!" To the Rotarians, she added, "Thank you very much. I will be using this often."

Sonia Sanchez added, "Thank you," too. Dictionaries are important, said Quinn Graves, "because you learn a lot of words and you can know how to spell them and you know the definitions. I like dictionaries." Ross Cooper will put good use to his dictionary at home "probably if my dad asks me a big word, I’ll look it up, because he uses big words." Arianna Witteo said, "I thought that I was going to use it a lot because I don’t know a lot of words."

Witteo wants to look up the word "academy," which she says means "an award and stuff and a lot of things." Brett Howard said, "I just like spelling and I think words are really important." His favorite word is "trust." Rawson Simmons said, "If I’m having trouble with the word, I can look it up to see how you can spell it." He thinks "punctuation" is a hard word. If Madison Reed didn’t have a dictionary, she said she "would struggle over every word I knew." She predicts to use her dictionary every day. Sebastian Saucedo likes words like "argument" and "boys." He’ll use his "when I need help with the words." Kenzie Woods’ favorite word is "gymnastics," she says "I like it and it’s fun." Taylor Richardson will keep his "forever" and will use it "maybe for homework or something."


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