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Fourth Graders Benefit From Thesaurus Project

OSWEGO, NY – In what has become a tradition in the Oswego City School District fourth graders have received an educational publication which will assist them in their writing and vocabulary efforts.

The Sunrise Rotary, Oswego Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs along have become committed to a project to benefit Oswego’s elementary students.

Kingsford Park Elementary School students proudly display the thesaurus they received from Rotary and Kiwanis.  Presenting the books to Billy Waterbury, Karter Ward, Erica Greene, Grace Stephens, Lauren Fitzsimmons and Jeffery Pierce were Dave Welsch, KPS Principal Mary Volkomer and Deana Masuicca.
Kingsford Park Elementary School students proudly display the thesaurus they received from Rotary and Kiwanis. Presenting the books to Billy Waterbury, Karter Ward, Erica Greene, Grace Stephens, Lauren Fitzsimmons and Jeffery Pierce were Dave Welsch, KPS Principal Mary Volkomer and Deana Masuicca.

Recently, representatives of both groups traveled to fourth grades at Charles E. Riley, Kingsford Park, Fitzhugh Park, Minetto and Frederick Leighton to present the American Century Thesaurus to each student.

This project was  started several years ago by Sunrise Rotarian Donna Kuhn as a result of a story she had read.

She said, “I was reading a letter from the Past President of Rotary International in an old Rotarian magazine. He talked about working collaboratively with other groups to benefit our communities.”

Continuing she noted, “There was a brief article about a ‘Dictionary Project’ that many Rotary Clubs have participated in. I thought I would pitch the same project to our clubs and to Kiwanis.  However, the Elk’s distribute dictionaries to third graders so I thought Thesauruses could be our contribution”

Kuhn talked to teachers and discovered that a ‘thesaurus’ is part of the fourth grade learning standards. This was a perfect opportunity to assist the youngsters.

This cooperative community project was welcomed by Oswego’s fourth grade students as many were quite excited over finding alternative words to use in their writings.