More than 140 dictionaries were presented to the third-grade students in the Chittenango School District Friday Oct. 16. This annual donation was made possible through donations by Chris and Pat Hughes in memory of their parents Jean and Bob Hughes and the Rotary Club of Chittenango.
This is the sixth year in honoring their parents who were both involved in education for a number of years. Bob, a former Chittenango Central School Superintendent; and Jean, an Elementary School teacher in Chittenango. Each public and home-schooled child is presented with the latest version of "A Student's Dictionary" for them to keep.
The dictionaries are purchased through a private, non-profit literacy advocate The Dictionary Project. This organization "sees the third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn."
More than 11.5 million children across the nation have received a dictionary through the organization's inception in 1995 and donors' generosity. Taking time out of their day to help distribute the dictionaries were both Hughes' brothers who had flown in from their home in North Carolina; Chittenango Rotary president Sherry Menninger; and members Barb Devendorf, Carol Anthony, Dave Miner, Larry Richardson, Shamus Loftus, and current superintendent and Rotarian Tom Marzeski.