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Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries To Phoenix Third Graders

Principal Brett Doody and third graders thank Rotarians Abby Wiertzema, LaVerne DeLand and Ellen Nowyj for the service organization’s dictionary donation. All 141 third graders received a dictionary from the Fulton Sunrise Rotary, which has held fundraisers and distributed reference books to Phoenix students for more than a decade.
Principal Brett Doody and third graders thank Rotarians Abby Wiertzema, LaVerne DeLand and Ellen Nowyj for the service organization’s dictionary donation. All 141 third graders received a dictionary from the Fulton Sunrise Rotary, which has held fundraisers and distributed reference books to Phoenix students for more than a decade.

PHOENIX – A decade-long partnership between the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club and the Phoenix Central School District continued this year with the annual dictionary giveaway.

Rotarians visited with third graders to discuss the service organization and teach students how to get the most out of the dictionaries they received.

Mia DiFulio and Kaiden Siler thumb through the dictionaries they received from members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club.
Mia DiFulio and Kaiden Siler thumb through the dictionaries they received from members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club.

Ellen Nowyj, Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club president, thumbed through the reference material as she identified resources such as maps, the periodic table and punctuation guides.

She noted it was rewarding to be able to provide dictionaries to all 141 third grade students.

“This is likely their first reference book that they own,” Nowyj said. “They can take it home and learn so many things.”