Derby/Shelton Rotary Club

 Derby-Shelton Rotary Club Throws the Book at Third Graders


St. Mary - St. Michael Students Get Theirs!

Third grade teacher Rita Glenn and Rotary member Jack Walsh presented dictionaries to all the students in Mrs. Glenn's third grade class at St. Mary - St. Michael in Derby.

The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club has adopted the Dictionary Project.  The goal of this program is to assist all third grade students to complete the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing the students with their own personal dictionaries. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. 

The project was inspired by the 2003 Club President Michael Santa.  Santa said "Not everyone has a computer, but if you have a dictionary and a pen, you can go a long way". 

Charles O. Priddle, President of the club at the time said "Every third grade student in the cities of Derby and Shelton will receive a dictionary and the response from the teachers and students ha been overwhelming". 

Third graders in eleven schools were the recipients of 666 dictionaries donated and presented by the club's Rotarians.

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