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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School students win essay contest

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Third grade students from Sierra Expeditionary Learning School had a lot to celebrate when a group of students collaborated, working together to write a winning essay for the Truckee Sunrise Rotary.

Each year, Rotarians across the nation give third-grade students a dictionary at school to use in their daily education. Locally, the Sunrise Rotary will distribute approximately 400 dictionaries to third-graders throughout TTUSD. According to Rotarian Brent Ferrera, “The purpose behind the dictionary program is to give each student a book of their own … what’s really great is seeing a kid take this dictionary with them to college.”

As part of the dictionary distribution, students are asked to write an essay explaining how they will use their dictionary. The small group from SELS included Audrey Rawson, Lucy Demm, Abby Stein, Macy Cherneff, and Haley Flaherty. According to the essay, “A dictionary is a piece of knowledge. It helps you write and read.”

The group also said that flipping through the pages is fun and finding new words is exciting. These students worked together to complete the essay and won a Pizza Party hosted by Rotary for their classmates.

“The best part about writing this essay was we got to use teamwork and the dictionary at the same time,” said Rawson. “It’s an illustrated dictionary, which helps me learn because I can also look at pictures and diagrams besides words.”

SELS is located at 11603 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. Call 530-414-5326 or visit for information.