Every year Mundelein/Vernon Hills Rotary Club President Sybil Schecter-Kelly asks the same question, “Do any of you know what a dictionary is?” Hands shoot up into the air.
Every year the Rotary Club hands out about 1,200 dictionaries to area third graders. “It’s good for the brain,” President Schecter-Kelly said.
Aspen Elementary School teacher Jenny Niedbalski said she appreciates the Rotary Club’s dictionary donation. “It provides students with a resource at their fingertips. It helps them find words in alphabetical order, it exposes them to new words and builds vocabulary and it is a way for students to double check the spelling of words,” she said.
The dictionaries also provide students with fun facts about everything from presidents to the solar system. “Hey I found President Barack Obama in here,” said Nicole Tomaszewski, 8, as she thumbed through her dictionary.