There are many reasons why I enjoy being a member of the Coudersport Rotary Club, however I believe being involved with the young people in our schools may top the list.
This morning I joined my friend and Rotarian, Ruth Ellen Moore Sallade at the Coudersport Elementary School. Today we distributed dictionaries to all Third Grade students for each one to keep as their own. This is when one can see how happy they are to have something as their very own, and take it home as well as use it in school.
Every year, Rotary is involved with the Dictionary Project and it is a special day for me. After presenting each student with their own dictionary, we introduce a few unique features of the dictionary such as the Table of Contents. The students had fun finding various words in the dictionary. In addition, the students are reminded how to use the dictionary properly. Class participation is remarkable to say the least. The students were polite and happy to participate.
Before leaving, we told the students why we became involved in Rotary and what the goals of Rotary meant.As a non-profit organization, the money we generate through food sales, dues and our annual Rotary Dinner Auction, we are able to make a difference for many. We told them about our professions and in particular, how we use a dictionary in our everyday life (professionally and personally). We showed them where, inside the dictionary, they could write their own name as being the owner of the dictionary. This also made them happy.
Thank you very much to all the Coudersport Third Grade students and their teachers for making this year's Dictionary Project a happy and very rewarding experience. We appreciate the involvement of both the students and their teachers as it made this a fun day for all. We will see you again next year.
Article by: Cathy Bowers
Photos by: Cathy Bowers
|L. Rotarian, Ruth Sallade - R- Cathy Bowers, Club President|