Third grade students at Emerson Elementary were thrilled when Westerville Rotarians Bill McLoughlin and Mike Groseclose dropped by to give them dictionaries.
On May 4 and May 7, each third grade student at all 14 elementaries in the Westerville City School District, along with St. Paul, received a personal copy of A Student’s Dictionary, thanks to the Rotary Club of Westerville. They were assisted by volunteers from the Harris-Askins House, who placed a Rotary sticker on the first page of each book. Barbara Wallace, Westerville City Schools’ Executive Director, Elementary Academic Affairs, said, “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation and for all the outstanding work Rotarians do in our schools. These dictionaries will be used and treasured by our third graders for many years to come.”
A Student’s Dictionary contains not only thousands of words and their definitions, but also more than 150 pages of supplemental information in the back. Key features include the Constitution of the U.S., the Declaration of Independence, brief biographies of all U. S. presidents, world maps, and information about all 50 states, countries of the world, and the planets in our solar system. A student favorite is the longest word in the English language, consisting of 1,909 letters.