Third-graders in Newington, for 11th year in a row, receive dictionaries courtesy of Rotarians

Published on Friday, 18 November 2022 12:37
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON – For the last 11 years all third-graders in town have come into possession of their very own dictionary, courtesy of local Rotarians.

Newington Rotary Club recently visited Elizabeth Green School to make its annual delivery of the books, which students appreciate now just as much as they did a decade ago.

“We’re proud to see the kids like receiving them,” Newington Rotary President Mike Turgeon told the Herald Thursday. “Teachers say it helps them and it seems to be a nice, special tradition for Newington Rotary.”

Many kids recall an older sibling bringing home a dictionary from Rotary when they were their age and look forward to receiving their own.

Club members rotate which school they visit for the presentation each year and the Board of Education helps to distribute the books to the other schools for their third grade classes.

“This year Anna Reynolds has 80 third graders; Ruth Chaffee has 60; John Patterson has 90 and Elizabeth Green has 60,” Turgeon said.

He was joined by fellow Rotarians Dave Johnson and Bob Randich in making the deliveries.

Rotarian John Neyer brought a box to Emmanuel Christian Academy, for students there.

Randich gave a short presentation during the visit to E. Green, telling the students and their teachers a little bit about Rotary and its work promoting literacy.

Newington Rotary Club meets every Wednesday for a lunch meeting at Indian Hill Country Club’s Casa Mia. Composed of all local business owners or representatives, the group supports countless causes in the community, from Newington Human Services to building the newest pavilion at Churchill Park. Members are dedicated to providing charity outreach to people in need throughout the year.

To learn how to join, contact Mike Turgeon at

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Friday, 18 November 2022 12:37. Updated: Friday, 18 November 2022 12:40.