Kiwanis Club Gives Hundreds of New Dictionaries

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

Excitement filled the 3rd grade classrooms at St. Michael's in Hastings. It is the fourth year Kiwanis has provided free dictionaries for every third grade student in Adams County.

Kiwanis member Mike Howie says without their donations, some students would go without.
"In talking with teachers, some schools don't have enough dictionaries for every student to have one, so this is a way for everyone to get one. We always give one to the teacher and they can kind of build this library of dictionaries over the years."

Over 400 dictionaries have been given out so far this year... nearly 2,000 altogether in the past years.

In the modern age of technology, it almost seems more common to hear about students getting iPads or laptops. But there are some faculty members who say doing it the old fashion way has benefits.

Cheryl McCarthy is a 3rd grade teacher at St. Michael's. She says, "I've been teaching a lot of years so I'm more of a proponent of 'the good ole' way' of doing things. I think it's good for the kids, a great skill for them to learn. It helps with alphabetical order and things. On the internet, even if they put in the word and spell it wrong, it does it right for them. This helps them to learn to spell the right way."

While paperback books may seem obsolete to some, Howie says it's important to remember not everyone has access to the same resources.

"A lot of students don't have computers at home or they don't have access to computers, even in every classroom," said Howie. "If the teacher is reading or involved in a project, the teacher can just tell them to look it up."

Kiwanis Club members say they enjoy handing out the books to students and hope to continue in the coming years.

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