VAN WERT - The Van Wert Rotary Club recently purchased and presented dictionaries to every 3rd grade student at Van Wert Elementary. This is the second year for this project, in which the club raises funds to purchase a student dictionary for every 3rd grader in Van Wert County.
Past Club President Donna Grimm explains, "The reason Van Wert Rotary Club promotes the dictionary project to this age is because research has shown children learn to read up to the 3rd grade and after this grade level, children read to learn."
The monies to purchase the dictionaries this year came from both the Rotary Club members and the Van Wert Rotary Foundation. Students and teachers alike were excited to receive this gift. Presenting the dictionaries on behalf of the Van Wert Rotary Club were Donna Grimm, Gloria Kimmey, Deb Russell, and Adam Ries. In January, dictionaries will be given to the remaining 3rd grade classes in the county.