Rotary Club gives dictionaries to third graders

By Elizabeth Sias

Students at Isanti Intermediate School now have a way to boost their vocabulary.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, The Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti, together with Mystic Riders Snowmobile Club, handed out dictionaries to third graders.

“This is the age when students have learned to read, and now they’re going to read to learn,” said Roger Anderson, the rotary Club’s Literacy Project Coordinator.

The Dictionary Project is a nonprofit organization designed to aid third grade teachers in their goal to see all their students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners.

The dictionaries are for the children to keep and use throughout this school year and beyond. Anderson said he hopes they continue using the dictionaries through fifth grade.

The dictionaries also have special appendices with a variety of useful information, including a list of U.S. presidents, facts on the solar system, maps of continents, weights and measurements, facts on U.S. states, and—to much delight among the crowd of third-graders—the world’s longest word.

Isanti Intermediate School Principal Mark Ziebarth hands out dictionaries to students. Photos by Elizabeth Sias


Roger Anderson, Literacy Project Coordinator for the Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti, hands out dictionaries to third graders at Isanti Intermediate School on Feb. 22.