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Lake Oswego Rotary gives out dictionaries throughout district at elementary level

Wednesday afternoon, every third grader at Oak Creek Elementary School filed into the library and took a seat on the rug. Before them were several Rotarians ready to greet them.PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Rotarians explain their visit to Oak Creek third graders.

Every year, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club gives dictionaries to students because members place a high value on literacy as a pathway to a successful life.

Rotarian Linda Brown introduced her fellow rotarians and told the students why they were there that day.

"Rotary is a group of people all over the planet who work together on things that are important to us," Brown said. "And we believe it's very important that you're all literate."

PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Third graders sit in the library and listen to rotary members give speech.

She continued, "All of you have stories. All of you have things that you find special that you'd like to share with people and we know that in order to be successful in life — doing any of the things that we've been able to do — it's important that you can read well and that you can write really well, so today what we want to do is give each of you your own dictionary."

Brown asked, "A dictionary has lots of what in it?"

Her question was met with a resounding "Words!" from the third graders, eager to get their hands on their copy.

PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Rotarians hand out dictionaries to students.

And with that, kids filed into lines facing each rotary member who then distributed books. PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Student opens his new dictionary.

The members were met with quick 'thank-yous' before the kids scurried away.

Once the dictionaries were in their hands, kids flipped through the pages finding not only definitions, but the longest word in the book, maps and multiplication tables as well.

PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - A group of students peruse their newly gifted dictionaries.

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