The Words Of the Day Were THANK YOU

About 200 dictionaries and thesauri were distributed to students at Valley of Enchantment Elementary School by members of the Crestline-Lake Gregory Rotary Club. (File Photo)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Crestline, CA –  VOE students chose THANK YOU as the words of the day.

The occasion was the presentation of about 200 free dictionaries and free thesauri to third and fifth graders at Valley of Enchantment Elementary School by members of the Crestline-Lake Gregory Rotary Club. And the new referencer books were synonymous with COOL as third graders received dictionaries and fifth graders their own thesaurus.

Rotarians Jim De Lapp and Derek Leistra (LakeView Realty) went from room to room handing out the books to appreciative students.

This has been done for the last several years,” De Lapp told ROTWNEWS, “as part of a literacy project in conjunction with other Rotary clubs in the mountain communities that have adopted elementary schools.

Our club,” the president-elect of the Crestline-Lake Gregory continued, “is proud to provide these books at no charge to the students for their personal use and the club plans to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”


Last year, the Crestline-Lake Gregory Rotary Club adopted VOE and has completed or planned numerous projects at the campus.

De Lapp, a retired law enforcement officer, explained that in September, the Rotary Club launched a junior Rotary Club on campus called EARLYACT.

We have about two dozen fifth grade students,” De Lapp announced, “currently participating in the club. Rotary members attend the bi-weekly EARLYACT meetings with the students and their teacher-advisor Mark Warhol.”

De Lapp noted that the VOE students conduct their own meetings, they select and run their own projects, with input from Warhol and Rotaraians.

A planned work project at VOE scheduled by EARLYACT members had to be postponed until after the winter break due to inclement weather,” De Lapp added.



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