We are g-r-a-t-e-f-u-l to the Rotary for their gift of dictionaries

It’s a Pine Bush tradition. In October, the Wallkill East Rotary visits each of the Pine Bush elementary schools and gives every third-grade student a dictionary of their very own.

A man in a blue blazer and shirt and tie shakes hands with a third-grade girl with braids while handing her a red dicionary.

Last week, representatives from the Rotary did just that, stopping by Circleville Elementary, Pakanasink, EJR and PBE.

Dr. William Bassett, a member of the Rotary and a former superintendent of Pine Bush Schools, presented the dictionaries to the students. He has said that one of the group’s service areas is the community’s youth. With the dictionary program, the group is contributing to the development of education and literacy for our young people. He encouraged the students to use their dictionaries often.

A large group of third-grade students sit on the floor and listen to a man in a suit talk to them. On the table behind them is a large stack of red dictionaries. Other adults look on.

The students were very happy to receive their shiny new Webster’s Dictionary.

Superintendent Tim Mains is grateful to the Rotary for its contribution.

“This is a wonderful program,” said Superintendent Mains. “We thank the Wallkill East Rotary for their generous gift. Year after year, they make this valuable contribution to our students. The gift of a dictionary is priceless.”

Students enthusiastically thanked the Rotary members who handed out the dictionaries and shook each student’s hand.

Five adults stand behind two third-grade girls who are holding their new red dictionaries.

Wallkill East Rotary has been participating in this dictionary program since the spring of 2008. That year, they distributed dictionaries in spring and fall and have stuck with fall ever since. They’ve distributed more than 4,500 dictionaries to 13 third-grade classes thus far.

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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