Rotary donates dictionaries to Norvelt Elementary
Three rooms of third-grade students at Norvelt Elementary School recently received free dictionaries through the generosity of the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant.
This was the beginning of a literacy season where about 150 dictionaries will be presented to students in four area schools. Doug Hauser, Norvelt, is the chair of the local Rotary literacy committee.
“When thinking about how to get the students' attention,” said David Hiebert, committee member, “I thought I would work with the phrase used by Fallingwater in their elementary education program, ‘Wright in our backyard.' I wanted to talk about homonyms, words that sound the same, but have different spellings and different meanings.”
The group of third-grade students and teachers met in the cafeteria of the Norvelt school, the students from the three rooms filed in, and took seats. But there was no backboard. Rotarian Hiebert did not know how to talk about Wright if he didn't have a chalkboard to write on.
“Trying to connect,” he said, “I asked one of the students how old they were.”
“Eight,” came the answer.
When starting the presentation, Hiebert asked, “How many of you are eight years old? How many of you ate lunch? How many of you ate eight bananas for lunch?” In that way, he introduced the context of how homonyms show up in our language.
The dictionaries used in the program include a gazetteer, which is a kind of geographical dictionary. It also includes an updated diagram of the solar system, showing the eight planets and three dwarf planets. Students were are particularly interested in the last page of the book, on which is printed the longest word in the English language: A 1,909 letter word which is the name of an organic chemical.
Third-grade teachers at Norvelt Elementary are Barb Wipkey, Kelly Domasky, and Carol Custer.
The dictionaries used locally are produced by an organization called The Dictionary Project http://www.dictionaryproject.org/. Many Rotary clubs use these books to promote literacy in the United States. Rotary also works to reduce hunger, increase literacy and health, reduce war, and promote cooperation around the world.
The four area schools serviced by the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant are Norvelt Elementary, Donegal Elementary, Ramsey Elementary and Armbrust Christian School. Other area schools are served by other Rotary clubs including the Rotary clubs of West Newton, Scottdale, Connellsville and New Stanton-Youngwood. Committee members are Hauser Hiebert.
Anyone interested in be involved in Rotary should contact a local Rotarian. The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant www.mtprotary.com usually meets at Nino's in Laurelville on Tuesday for lunch.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mt. Pleasant Township church dinner to aid disease-stricken boy
- Shop Demo Depot now accepts old paint for recycling in Mt. Pleasant
- Mt. Pleasant Township supervisors improve Norvelt playground
- Scottdale Bank & Trust Co. opens Mt. Pleasant branch
- Memorial Day events planned in Mt. Pleasant, surrounding communities
- Mt. Pleasant Borough sees 3 new faces, incumbent get Dem nods
- Mt. Pleasant Area students walk for good cause
- Day of Giving benefits multiple Mt. Pleasant-area organizations
- Mt. Pleasant-area community is invited to WINGS Tea