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Jessie Page, the owner of Hood River Stationers, is ready to load dictionaries for deliver by the Hood River Rotary Club to local fifth graders.

For the last 24 years, the Hood River Rotary Club has given a paper dictionary to every fifth grader in Hood River County. The club is rolling out this year's program.

According to Rotarian Paul Crowley, who has chaired the committee for the last 23 years, the club has delivered about 7,500 dictionaries to students.

A couple of years ago, the club asked the teacher whether paper dictionaries are still relevant in this age of electronically shared information.

"The unanimous answer was yes," said Crowley. "The teachers told us that paper dictionaries require that the students think more creatively than algorithm driven computer research."

Hood River Stationers provides the club the dictionaries at cost, saving the club hundreds of dollars each year.

Members serving on the committee for over 10 years are Rotarians Greg Colt, Judy Dutcher, Scott Gaulke, John Kasberger, Maui Meyer and Jean Sheppard.



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