Every third grade student in Ansonia received his/her own personal dictionary In September compliments of the Ansonia Rotary Club. The purchase and distribution of dictionaries to third grades has been an annual tradition of the Club dating back at least twenty years. One third-grade Prendergast teacher said: “My son still uses his dictionary and he’s now in college.” Club President Lori Veillette and Assistant Principal John Coppola assisted with the distribution at Mead School, and Mr. Coppola instituted a prize for students who were first to locate a specific definition. According to Prendergast Principal Liz Nimmons, the teachers look forward to the additional resource each year at this time. One student said there is a dictionary in his home; and now he has one in his desk. For many students, the first step will be to understand how the volumes are organized and what other information, aside from pronunciation and definition, are provided.
The Rotary Club raises funds for this academic project and others, like an annual scholarship, through fundraising and community support. Special thanks goes Dr. Jay Dworkin and the Southern CT Dental group for their generous support, as well as Ralph Mann & Sons, Greg Stamos, Esq, and Lulu Pazzo.