Glens Falls Rotary - Box 2702, Glens Falls, NY 12801

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Harrison Freer
Harrison Freer
Rotary International
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2010 3rd Grade Dictionary Project

Press Release

The Rotary Club of Glens Falls

P.O. Box 4702

Queensbury, NY, 12804


September 22, 2010


Glens Falls Rotary Presents Dictionaries to Area 3rd Graders


For the past three years the Rotary Club of Glens Falls has participated in the Dictionary Project, which is an international project to promote literacy.  The Rotary Club of Glens Falls, NY has provided dictionaries to all the third graders in the Queensbury and Glen Falls schools. Rotarians were invited into the classrooms to teach the children how to use the dictionaries.  There are approximately 500 local students who benefit from this project. 


"Reading is the most important skill of all. It is the starting point for all the economic and social opportunities this world has to offer. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn."  (quoted from


A dictionary is perhaps the most powerful reference tool that a child can use. It helps them with spelling, pronunciation, and definitions, as well as the development of reading, writing, and creative thinking skills.  Students benefit from an increased self-reliance and resourcefulness inspired by the maxim “look it up”. Teachers benefit by knowing their students have consistent access to a tool for homework and in-class explorations.


Kevin O'Brien, current President of the Glens Falls club said "The response from students, teachers, principals and Rotary members was so overwhelmingly positive each year, our club decided to make this an annual project." 


The Glens Falls Rotary Club has about 155 members who volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self."  We hold several fundraisers each year such as selling fried bread dough at the Adirondack Balloon Festival in the fall and the LARAC Festival in the spring, as well as holding a Pure Water Walk each year.  The proceeds from these fundraisers are then given back to our local community in service such as the Dictionary Project.

David Bogue, Ellen Butz and Kathy Grasmeder are co-chairs of the Dictionary Project this year.  David's Contact information is: 518-321-9922 Email: dbogue@roadrunnercom.  Ellen’s Contact info is 518-798-1144 x3 Email: Kathy's contact info is 518-793-4181 Email:

Our Club president is Kevin O’Brien.  His contact information is Email:  Our club website is

A team of Rotary volunteers will be arriving at 8:45 am to the main office of the following schools on the specified dates to distribute the dictionaries and teach the children how to use them:

Tuesday, September 28th - Abraham Wing and St Mary’s - St Alphonsus

Wednesday, September 29th - Glens Falls City Schools - Big Cross, Jackson Heights, Kensington & Sanford Street

A team of Rotary volunteers will be arriving at 9:15 am at the main office of the Queensbury Elementary school on the specified dates to distribute the dictionaries and teach the children how to use them:

Thursday, September 30th - Queensbury Elementary School


Please let me know if you will be able to send someone to cover this story and at which school so I can notify the staff of the school ahead of time. Thank you for your interest in this important community service project.


The Glens Falls Rotary Club is a community service and business professional organization aiding charitable causes both locally and worldwide.

The club meets every Thursday at noon at the Queensbury Hotel.   The club can be reached at P.O. Box 4702, Queensbury, NY, 12804 or online at .   Kevin O'Brien is this year's President, Dr. Shelle Kelz is the Club's Secretary.



David Bogue

Publicity Director

Glens Falls Rotary Club







Meeting Time & Location Information
Thursday at 12:15 PM
Queensbury Hotel
88 Ridge Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801  map it
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Harrison Freer
phone: 518-480-4859
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**The Club also meets at 7:30 AM for breakfast every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month at Spot Coffee, 221 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY. For info call 518-792-1023.


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