Boardman Rotary donates dictionaries

Boardman Rotary donates dictionaries

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – On Thursday, Boardman Rotary hand-delivered dictionaries to third-graders at Robinwood Elementary School.

The donation was part of the organization’s mission to increase literacy. It does beg the question, though: At a time when smartphones put the world at users’ fingertips, is giving kids physical books still relevant?

Organizers believe low-tech still has a role in learning.

“We can always go to our electronic devices, but you still have to learn the essential skills of working through a dictionary,” Boardman Rotary member Deborah Liptak said.

The Rotary Club plans to give dictionaries to third-graders in other schools as well. They pay for the books through fundraisers.

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