Local groups donate dictionaries to area schoolsWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
On April 24, students at the Rosary Cathedral School, 2535 Collingwood Blvd., were given the gift of spelling and grammar.
In collaboration with Pilot Club of Greater Toledo, Toledo’s Kids Unlimited donated dictionaries to the first of six confirmed local sites, part of a series of donations happening nationwide.
“I really think they enjoyed having their own dictionary,” said Barbara Moellman, Pilot member since 1973. “We wanted to do things to help with education. … When you open up a dictionary, you may be attracted to a word on that page or the one opposite. You have a different way of learning.”
The volunteers played word games with the students at the event as well.
“The little ones were really excited and the older ones were kind of fascinated by what else was in [the dictionaries]” Kids Unlimited Volunteer Coordinator Megan Reece said. “They have roman numerals, maps of the United States, weights and measurements, punctuation [and] parts of speech. It’s more than just a dictionary, I think.”
In upcoming months, the two programs will also donate dictionaries to Northpointe Academy, 3248 Warsaw St., Discovery Academy, 3825 Secor Road, Lake Erie Academy, 2740 W. Central Ave., Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, 1300 Forest Ave., and Old West End Academy, 3131 Cambridge St. Reece said there will be two additional locations soon.
For some students, access to the Internet is not readily available, which makes donating dictionaries important, Reece said.
“[For] some of these kids, just the ownership of a book is probably significant,” Moellman added.
Kids Unlimited aims to help children develop skills useful in and out of the classroom, improving academic and social skills. The nonprofit organization collaborates with other programs in the area to tutor students one-on-one on weekdays. Summer camps are also planned for this year.
According to kidsunlimitedtoledo.org, “in one hour a week, you can make a difference that lasts a lifetime.”
“These kids really do get a boost in their grades,” Moellman said.
For anyone interested, visit kidsunlimitedtoledo.org or contact Reece at (419) 841-0721.
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