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Kiwanis Club provides dictionaries for third-graders at Posen Elementary

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) A third-grader glances through her new dictionary thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Alpena.

Posen — Posen third-graders had some special guests this morning that brought tools for the young students to advance their academic careers.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Alpena distributed dictionaries to the children to take with them for the rest of their lives. The Kiwanis Club has been doing this gesture for over a decade, getting custom made dictionaries for third grade students. Every third-grader in Alpena County is given one of these important books.

“Not every child knew when we said a word how to start and do that, so by finding the words in there, I think you can learn a whole bunch of things from actually doing versus just googling it or talking to Siri,” said Kiwanis Club Member Andrea Hepburn.

The representatives talked a little bit about Kiwanis Club and what the service organization does. They also got the chance to look up words and talk about how a dictionary works. Beth Pelkey is a former Posen teacher. She enjoys handing out the dictionaries and giving kids this vital tool on their quest for more knowledge.

“They really seemed thankful to have them and they’re excited to get them, and that’s just a joy,” said Beth Pelkey.