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Local Rotarians donate dictionaries during holidays

Andrew Cristancho/ Sierra SunSavannah McMorrow, 8, talks about her new dictionary to a classmate.

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.

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