Local Rotarians donate dictionaries during holidays
After distributing dictionaries to 20 third-grade students in a Tahoe Lake Elementary School classroom Thursday, Jerry Pearlman of the Rotary Club of Tahoe City briefly addressed the class about the benefits of using a dictionary.
Look up the word “beneficial,” he suggested to the students.
But the kids were already making discoveries of their own.
“Look! A tiger!” a girl squealed as she flipped through the colorful pages of her new dictionary.
Four members of the Rotary Club of Tahoe City on Thursday gave Macmillan hard-cover dictionaries to 47 third-graders at Tahoe Lake Elementary School.
“Teachers had requested from the Rotary that this be given before the Christmas break, because in January students start doing a lot of alphabetical work,” said Principal Dan Hyde. “It’s a hardbound book. They are absolutely beautiful.”
The reference books are the property of the students and they are welcome to take them home, Hyde said.
The book distribution has been a tradition the past four years for the Tahoe City club.
Members of the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club have also engaged in the educational gift-giving, earlier this fall donating dictionaries to 210 third-graders at Truckee and Glenshire elementary schools.
In the Tahoe Lake classroom Thursday, 8-year-old Savannah McMorrow smiled as she talked about her favorite dictionary activity.
“I can look up words with my grandma,” she said.