Babylon Third-Graders Get Gift of Words


Every third-grade student at Memorial Grade School was presented with a new dictionary and thesaurus thanks to the Babylon Rotary Club and Strahl & Pitsch as part of the organization’s Dictionary Project.

The Dictionary Project provides an opportunity for students to expand their vocabulary while aiding teachers in their goal to see all of their students become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers as they journey through their educational career.

The Dictionary Project is dedicated in memory of Babylon Rotary Club past president William DeLuca Jr., who in addition to being a member of the Rotary Club for many years also served as an educator and administrator in Babylon.
Babylon School district administrators and local politicians, including Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino, Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, representatives from the office of Sen. Phil Boyle and Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, gathered during the March 2 presentation of the dictionaries to present plaques and proclamations to William France for his years of service to the Babylon community and his donation to the Dictionary Project.

The third-graders also presented Rotary Club members with a plaque in appreciation of the dictionary donation. “This was such a wonderful collaborative initiative by the Rotary Club, our new educational partners,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “Our students are so appreciative.”