Rotary distributes dictionaries to schools

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Jud Flint visited third graders across the county on Wednesday and spoke about ethics.

It was a new word for most of the youngsters, so luckily they had their brand new dictionaries for reference.

The Luverne Rotary Club presented Webster's Dictionaries to third grade classrooms in Highland Home, Brantley, Luverne and Crenshaw Christian Academy. This is the first year the Rotary has donated dictionaries to the schools, but is keeping with the civic group's philosophy of "service as a basis of worthy enterprise."

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"This is just a great program we recently started," said Rotarian and Luverne School Principal Earl Franks. "We actually had the dictionaries last year, but were unable to get them out."

Fellow Rotarian Helen Saffold joined Flint for the mid-day project that started in Highland Home and ended at CCA. In each classroom, Flint interacted with the students and ethics - an important ideal to Rotarians, which means rules that help govern what's good and bad – was always the first word they learned from their new dictionary.

Inside the cover of each dictionary was placed a copy of the Rotary's four-way test, questions each Rotarian uses to guide him or herself in their personal, business and community life. Specifically, is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Flint related that test to the third graders school day.

"If I break in front of the lunch line, that's good for me, but is it good for you?" He asked.

All the children replied no.