loan oak 300PADUCAH, Ky. (10/4/13) – The Rotary Club of Paducah provided a dictionary to each of the 878 third grade students attending the 11 Paducah/McCracken County public and private elementary schools, including CCA, Clark, Concord, Farley, Heath, Hendron/Lone Oak, Lone Oak, McNabb, Morgan, Reidland, and St. Mary. This represents one way the service organization partners with the School Districts to positively influence the literacy level and quality of life of children in our community.

Reading levels are more likely to predict future income than socioeconomic status at birth, and the Rotary Club of Paducah is doing what it can to increase reading levels of students across Paducah and McCracken County.
Melanie McNeill and Steve Bright co-chair the project and worked with the schools to assure all third grade students were included and then coordinated delivery to match the needs of each school. A name plate containing Rotary’s Four-Way Test was placed inside each dictionary by club members and read: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?” They were introduced to the Four-Way Test as a positive way to make decisions.
More than 20 club members then personally delivered the dictionaries to every third grade classroom in the county, leading the students in discovering the variety of information the dictionary offers. Students looked up words and were surprised to find other interesting facts such as the capital of each state and the longest word.
“We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Paducah for sharing our life-long love of reading. Placing a book in a child’s hands creates a sense of pride and curiosity that electronic methods simply cannot touch,” stated Steve Ybarzabal, principal of Clark Elementary.
Chris McNeill, President of the Paducah Rotary Club, said, “Our club enthusiastically focuses on promoting education in our community from providing dictionaries to third graders all the way to our leadership in the Community Scholarship Program, which provides two full years of college to local students.

clark del 500

SurfKY News
Information provided by Debbie DeWeese (Rotary Club of Paducah) your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

MCCH Blood Donor Center Receives Positive Report

MURRAY, Ky. (8/1/15) — The Blood Donor Center at Murray-Calloway County Hospital was given a stellar “no deficiencies”… Read More

Most Read This Week

July 27, 2015 6006

Death of Central City Man in Dawson Springs Under…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 3804

School System Announces Free Lunch/Breakfast at…

by SurfKY News
July 30, 2015 3439

Webster Man Leads Police on Chase through Parts…

by SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 3409

Miss Hopkins County Fair 2015 Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 28, 2015 2647

Hanson, Owensboro, Bowling Green Youths Win at…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

July 17, 2015 16381

Muhlenberg Most Wanted - Top 10

by SurfKY News
July 23, 2015 15351

UPDATE: Family Confirms Body of Missing Teen…

by Shawn Freels, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 01, 2015 2261

24th Annual Miss Teen Hopkins County Fair Pageant…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 2105

Little Miss, Mister Hopkins County Fair Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 1522

'Diggers' Return to Find More Hatfield-McCoy…

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 1047

Knight Crowned 2015 Miss Pre-Teen Hopkins County…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 902

One Injured in Vehicle Roll-Over Accident

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 454

South Korean Automotive Supplier INFAC North…

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 433

Who Will Be America's Next President?

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 399

Commissioner Comer Honors Kentucky Farmers'…

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 386

Keeping the Faith - 'In Scorn of the Consequences'

by SurfKY News