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Estherville Kiwanis donate dictionaries

By Staff | Mar 26, 2008

ELC fourth-grade students show their new dictionaries presented by the Estherville Noon Kiwanis on Tuesday. Contributed photo

Estherville Lincoln Central fourth-graders who didn’t know about Estherville Noon Kiwanis learned a little bit about the organization on Tuesday.

The local service organization helped fill in a gap for ELC youth who don’t have a dictionary.

While the Estherville Elks Lodge provided dictionaries for ELC third-graders earlier this year, the current fourth-grade class members have no dictionaries of their own.

Kiwanis stepped in to purchase and label dictionaries with each student’s name.

On Tuesday, Kiwanians Brent Shatto, Jen Sievert, Jerry Wallace and Gene Haukoos handed out the dictionaries to each of the ELC fourth-graders.

“The goal of the Kiwanis Iowa-Nebraska region is to put a dictionary in the hands of every third grader,” said Shatto, Kiwanis president.

“Since the third-graders already had them, we decided to give them to you,” he added.

ELC middle school principal Mike Peterson, a member of Kiwanis also, conducted the presentation, as he explained it, “like graduation.”

As each student’s name was called, they walked up the stairs of the stage on one side of Roosevelt Auditorium at the ELC Middle School, received their dictionary and shook the presenting Kiwanian’s hand and departed on the opposite end of the stage.

The students gave the Kiwanians a big ‘thank-you.’