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September 24, 2018

Rotary Club donates dictionaries to Phoenix students


Third-grade students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School have another resource to bolster their knowledge and vocabulary, thanks to a donation from the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club.

Phoenix third-graders Michael Alnutt and Haileigh Boyden review and discuss some of the contents found in the new dictionaries they received courtesy of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club.

Phoenix third-graders Michael Alnutt and Haileigh Boyden review and discuss some of the contents found in the new dictionaries they received courtesy of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club.

On Dec. 20, Rotarians Ellen Nowyj and LaVerne DeLand brought 124 dictionaries for each third-grader at the school.

The resource books, complete with a periodic table, maps, a list of presidents, a plethora of words and other information, were funded through three primary Rotary Club fundraisers throughout the year.

According to Nowyj, the dictionary initiative is a great way to get students using physical resource books rather than immediately going to the Internet and searching for information that may not always be reliable.

“All the information is right there for you,” Nowyj said. “You don’t have to go to the computer. It has everything from charts to metric system tables.”

Phoenix Central School District administrators and students thank Fulton Rotarians for their donation of dictionaries to the third grade classes. In the front row, from left, are Michael A. Maroun students Donnivan Bukowski, Michael Alnutt, Haileigh Boyden, Marshall Davis, Natalie Fay, Katy AuClair and Lily Lovell. In the second row, from left, are Cody Merron, Alan Jacques, Chase Bacon, Mallory Hess, Ryleah Breckenridge and Superintendent Judy Belfield. In the back row, from left, are Evan Waldron, Gunner Nerber, LaVerne DeLand and Ellen Nowyj (Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club), and Principal Mary Stanton.

Phoenix Central School District administrators and students thank Fulton Rotarians for their donation of dictionaries to the third grade classes. In the front row, from left, are Michael A. Maroun students Donnivan Bukowski, Michael Alnutt, Haileigh Boyden, Marshall Davis, Natalie Fay, Katy AuClair and Lily Lovell. In the second row, from left, are Cody Merron, Alan Jacques, Chase Bacon, Mallory Hess, Ryleah Breckenridge and Superintendent Judy Belfield. In the back row, from left, are Evan Waldron, Gunner Nerber, LaVerne DeLand and Ellen Nowyj (Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club), and Principal Mary Stanton.

In addition to the dictionary distribution, the Rotarians also discussed the importance of their organization.

“Our motto is service above self,” Nowyj said. “That’s something we really take to heart.”

That message wasn’t lost on the students, as the children asked questions about community involvement and discussed ways that people make a difference.

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