Students Receive Dictionaries from Community Partners

Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) students are enjoying the fruits of partnerships between the District and some local service organizations. The Bakersfield East Rotary and the Kiwanis have been visiting several BCSD schools to meet with students, emphasize the importance of reading and donate dictionaries. The dictionaries go home with each student for his or her personal use and enhance the presence and use of books in the home. For some students this will be the first book they own.

At an assembly at Noble Elementary School, a Rotary club member spoke about the usefulness of dictionaries and the role that books and reading play in all our lives. At Longfellow Elementary School, students were informed that this donation of dictionaries coincided with an international effort by the Rotary Club to see that students around the world had their own dictionaries and appreciated the value of being a good reader. It was surprising to see the enthusiasm of the students as they pored through the books finding facts about the solar system or the sign language alphabet.

Research has shown that the number of books in a child’s home is significantly related to their reading scores. These donated dictionaries are meant to be another brick in the foundation of academic success and help the recipients complete the school year as active readers and creative thinkers.

A sincere thank you goes out to our community partners for their generous donations and the impact they have in the lives of our students.


College Heights Elementary School student thanks member of Bakersfield East Rotary Club for the donation of dictionaries.


Noble Elementary School students with new dictionaries.


Terry Schroepfer, President of Bakersfield East Rotary Club, talking to students about the importance of dictionaries.


Bakersfield East Rotary Club members: Christy Swatzell, Terry Schroepfer, Sandi Schwartz, Barbara Tarpley and Payten Downey.

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