2008-09-24 / Local & State

Dictionaries For Fulton County

By Jenna Burkett

For the last five years, the Rotary Club of Hancock has participated in the Dictionary Project, handing out Webster's dictionaries to Fulton County and Hancock third-graders. Having purchased two hundred and forty dictionaries, the Rotary Club made sure every third grade student received one. Why dictionaries? Dictionaries help with spelling, word definitions, indicating part of speech, and pronunciation and enables the students to excel in their work to their full capacity.

On September 3, Ross Cook and Carol Becker handed out around 86 dictionaries to McConnellsburg Elementary in the Central Fulton School District. Member Melinda Golden handed out three dictionaries at Mountain View Christian School and 27 dictionaries to Forbes Road Elementary third-grade students on September fifth. And Carolyn Clingerman went to Southern Fulton Elementary on September 11 to hand out the dictionaries to the 70 third-graders.

Placed on the first page of the dictionary is a sticker with the Rotary Club motto, "The Four Way Test of the Things We Think, Say, or Do: Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned."

The Rotary Club is the largest of the service clubs. Supporting Education isn't all this club does. It's involved in international and local service projects and do a number of outstanding things for the community. It donates money to the fire company, Rescue Squad, Christmas For Others, and the Interfaith Service Coalition. It also sponsors the Halloween parade and donated money for Hancock Elementary's new playground equipment. To do all of this the club has only one major fundraiser a year.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Now, thanks to the Rotary Club, Washington County and Fulton County third-graders have those thousand words right at their fingertips, with correct spelling as well!

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