Thesaurus copies distributed
to Putnam sixth graders


Leslee Shaffer
Rotarian Leslee Shaffer (left) gives pointers on use of a thesaurus.

September 27, 2012

For the sixth year, Putnam Rotraians are distributing personal tehsaurus copies to county sixth graders through the National Dictionary Project.

The reference books are supplied through the national program at a reduced cost to Rotary.The local project was supported by a District Simplified Grant through Rotary District 7550, southern West Virginia.

A thesaurus is a dictionary of words of a similar meaning to help with composition, to help find the best ways to express an idea.

The Rotary Club had wanted to provide students with dictionaries, but local students already had their own personal dictionaries.

Club president Tina McComas has said that the books help build vocabulary. "We believe our local support for this project contributes to the top test scores our students have earned year after year," she said.
About 4.000 of the books have gone to Putnam students. Since the National Dictionary Project began in 1995, over 17 million children have received the dictionaries.

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