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September 24, 2018

Fourth Graders Benefit From Thesaurus Project


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OSWEGO, NY – Fourth graders throughout the Oswego City School District will be carrying an extra book home this year.

The Oswego Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club undertook an educational project to benefit Oswego’s elementary students.

Kingsford Park Elementary School fourth graders proudly display their new books which were donated by Rotary, Kiwanis and the river’s end book store. In front are Bryce Hourigan, Jordan Tryon, Kelsey Shaver, Austin Crapser, Marissa Kelly and Ricky Yurkon while in back are Bill Symons, Vern Tryon, George Reed, Donna Kuhn, KPS Principal Mary Volkomer and Bill Crist.

Kingsford Park Elementary School fourth graders proudly display their new books which were donated by Rotary, Kiwanis and the river’s end book store. In front are Bryce Hourigan, Jordan Tryon, Kelsey Shaver, Austin Crapser, Marissa Kelly and Ricky Yurkon while in back are Bill Symons, Vern Tryon, George Reed, Donna Kuhn, KPS Principal Mary Volkomer and Bill Crist.

Recently, Rotarians 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.

Hundreds of books were presented to students.

This project started several years ago when Donna Kuhn was doing some reading.

The Sunrise Rotarian Kuhn 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 Elks 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.

Kuhn indicated that Bill Reilly at river’s end book store assisted in getting the books for distribution.

Acting Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist, who is also a Rotarian, said, “I am excited over partnerships between the community and the school district. This type of program is very important for our students and they ultimately benefit. I would like to thank all of the organizations and persons who support the Thesaurus project and hope that it can continue to assist.”

Each book has a brief informational story about the donors pasted inside the front cover.

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.

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