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Ripon Rotary Club presents third graders in Ripon Unified with their own dictionaries
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Ripon Rotarians presented some $3,000 worth of McMillan Children’s Dictionaries to third graders throughout the Ripon Unified School District on Friday. Club president Chad DeGraff kneels in the center of Dennis Walker’s second-third grade combination class at Ripona School with an open dictionary in his hands. Other Rotary members from left are Vince Jamison, Don Moyer, and Nancy Brunold. With Brunold in the back row are Mr. Walker, substituting principal Mary Lou Kahl and district superintendent Louise Nan. - photo by GLENN KAHL
It’s one more year that the Ripon Rotary Club has provided all the third graders in the Ripon Unified School District with fully illustrated McMillan Children’s Dictionaries.

A group of four members of the club visited all the schools: Ripon Elementary, Weston, Colony Oak, Ripona and Park View in addition to the third grades at  Ripon Christian Elementary School.

The last classroom to open their door to Rotary President Chad DeGraff and his team was that of Dennis Walker in his second-third combination at Ripona School.  As the Rotarians had done earlier, they opened one book at a time reading the name of the student who would receive it — then presenting it to them personally.

The second graders in Walker’s room seemed just as excited to see their third grade counterparts get their new dictionaries as if the books were being given to them.

A seal inside the front cover bore the name of the student as well as Rotary’s Four Way Test — a guide for living a good life.
“Is it the TRUTH?

“Is it FAIR to all concerned?

“Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

`“Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

District Superintendent Louise Nan talked briefly with the students telling them how important the new dictionaries would be to them — assuring them Mr. Walker probably had some homework in mind that would involve their new books.

The Rotarians were then invited to the Ripon teachers’ lounge where they were hosted to lunch with some of the staff members.