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Third-graders thankful for Sycamore Rotary gift

SYCAMORE – North Elementary School third-grader Lucy Ferguson and many of her classmates in Rebecca Conn’s class recently wowed the Rotary Club of Sycamore with their thank-you notes for the new personal dictionaries that each student received from the club. Lucy’s card (pictured) showed her thankfulness and enthusiasm for this practical, valuable gift.

For more than 20 years, the Rotary Club of Sycamore has provided free dictionaries to all of the third-graders attending both public and private Sycamore schools.

Rotarian Lavarre Uhlken has managed the program for the past seven years with the support and assistance of Kathy Sloniker, District 427 administrative assistant to the superintendent/BOE, and the local school staffs, such as Principal Thomas Franks at North Elementary.

This year the club distributed about 300 English and Spanish/English dictionaries to area students.

Rotary is the world’s largest service organization for business executives and professionals with more than
34,000 clubs and 1.3 million members. The Rotary Club of Sycamore is a 100-member club that supports local, national and worldwide efforts focused on their motto of “Service Above Self.”

In addition to helping the worldwide eradication of polio, the club recently supported Sycamore Pumpkin Festival with its annual pancake breakfast and T-shirt and sweatshirt sales. More than 50 members also volunteered at the Suter Co. for the Feed My Starving Children mobile pack event.

The club meets at 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore. Those who have a service focus in their heart and want to find like-minded men and women are invited to stop by a meeting.

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