Alamo Rotary donates dictionaries to local 3rd-graders


How do you spell that? Some Alamo third-graders will be able to answer that question the classic way thanks to contributions from the Rotary Club of Alamo.

Local Rotarians distributed 166 student dictionaries to third-grade classes at Alamo and Rancho Romero elementary schools earlier this fall.

At each dictionary presentation, students were asked to look up words such as polio, Rotary and service, and they also learned about Rotary's Four-Way Test as well as Rotary's community and international service programs, according to Alamo Rotary officials.

"The students were delighted with their new books, and especially enjoyed trying to pronounce the longest word in the English language (which has 1,909 letters!)" Rotary officials said in a statement.

Distributing the dictionaries were Alamo Rotarians Bill Randall, past president of the club; Beth Burlingame-Randall, youth services director; Tom Carman; and club president Kim Smith.

The Rotary Club of Alamo has been distributing student dictionaries to third-graders at Alamo public schools for 19 years.

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Posted by Debora Killeen
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

Great job Alamo Rotary! Along with the Alamo Rotary the San Ramon Valley Rotary delivered over 600 dictionaries to 3rd Graders at Montevideo, Golden View, Live Oak and soon to St. Raymonds Catholic Elementary Schools. It is a joy to see the kids actually flip thru pages and find the words instead of just a tap of the finger. My sons all three have their dictionaries and they are now 24, 28 and 31 years old. All given by Rotary!!

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Posted by A, Lytle Dabbel
a resident of Diablo
on Nov 24, 2015 at 9:03 am

Pardon my scroogery, but isn't this a bit like getting a tube of Brylcreem from Grampa on your birthday, because all the cool cats of his day used it to impress the kitties?

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Posted by Jason
a resident of Danville
on Nov 29, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Well meaning, but printed dictionaries in the age of digital access? Really?

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