All third-graders in Boardman Local School District got a surprise visit last week from Boardman Rotary members. The Rotarians were delivering new dictionaries and giving them out on Feb. 6 during Right to Read week.
''This is the seventh year we have done this,'' Rotary literacy chair Deborah Liptak said. ''Boardman Rotary supports literacy and encourages children to read.''
Liptak said a lot of the third-graders actually look forward to receiving their first dictionary. She said some have older brothers and sisters who may have received one in previous years, and now it was their turn.
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Boardman Rotary members Moon Park, Joe Sullivan, Tom Hathorn and literacy chair Deborah Liptak delivered new dictionaries to the third-graders at Robinwood Elementary on Feb. 6. Liptak spoke on the importance of literacy and she encouraged the students to use their new dictionaries.
Boardman Rotary holds two big fundraisers each year. They put on the October Fest and hold the pancake breakfast at the Maple Syrup Festival at Boardman Park. Funds from both events help Rotarians give back to the community in several ways. The dictionary give-away is just one of those community events.
This year, Rotarians visited each of the four Boardman elementary schools to personally hand out the dictionaries to every third grade student. The dictionaries are the students' property, to keep and carry with them the rest of their lives.
''We have students at Boardman High School who are still using the ones we passed out seven years ago,'' Liptak said.
Rotarians passed out over 400 dictionaries this year, which totals over 2,800 issued since the program began.