Johnson City students receive free dictionaries

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Johnson City students were given a little extra help expanding their vocabulary. 

Close to 200 Johnson City 3rd graders received free dictionaries courtesy of the Johnson City Rotary and Elks. 

The event is part of a nationwide campaign called “The Dictionary Project” aimed to promote literacy in young students. 

Johnson City Rotary Club President Rocky Martinez says even in the digital age it’s important for students to have something that they can physically own. 

“There’s a lot of students all over the world that don’t have something to call their own. This is an opportunity for every kid to have something that’s there’s. And they can do what they want with i., There’s not a single if you’re in there looking who doesn’t grab the dictionary and first thing they do is open it up and they want to see what’s in there.”

Representatives from the Rotary and Elks have been visiting classrooms to distribute dictionaries yearly since 2004. 

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