Dictionary Words of “Anniversary” and “Volunteer” for Brooklake School 3rd Grade Students

Rotarian Nick Franklin (Florham Park M&T Bank Manager) on crutches eagerly racing to volunteer in the next classroom, accompanied by Debbie O’Keefe carrying a box of dictionaries and Peter Nicolas.

The Florham Park Rotary made its annual visit to distribute free dictionaries to all the Third Graders at Brooklake Elementary School on February 9. The 97 students were happy to receive their own dictionaries and eager to learn how to find words to expand their vocabularies and use the Table of Contents to expand their worlds.


This year three words were searched and put into sentences by the students –  “Anniversary”, “Volunteer”, and “Habit”.  “Anniversary” was the first word as students learned that this year is the 125th ANNIVERSARY of Florham Park. 

Volunteer” was searched and the 3rd Graders understood that it was both a noun (person, place or thing) and verb (action word).  Indeed, after reading the definition one girl asked if girls could be volunteers also.  Rotarian Peter Nicolas pointed to teammate and fellow Rotarian Debbie O’Keefe as she was a volunteer (noun) who was there volunteering her time with the class!


Student opening his own dictionary and the many words awaiting him.

 “Tick” was another word used and was assigned as a homework word for the students in preparation for their May 23 visit by the Morris County Division of Mosquito Control.  Teresa Duckworth, Assistant Superintendent of the Division, will be returning for her 4th time. The effort is coordinated with eager support by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Caponegro, Principal Robert Foster, and Rotarian Peter Nicolas, so 3rd and 4th Grade students can learn how to stay safe from mosquitos and ticks.

The Table of Contents in the student dictionary held extra interest for the 3rd Graders as they found it contained Sign Language, Planets, Presidents, and the Longest Word in the Longest Word in their dictionary (it wasn’t Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious)!


At the end of the day students brought their personal dictionaries home so they could easily get into the habit (a

Rotarians Peter Nicolas, aforementioned Nick Franklin, and Debbie O’Keefe kick off instruction on how to use dictionaries with the first word being “anniversary” as in the 125th of Florham Park!

word of the day) of reading them often to expand their vocabularies. Per Rotarian Bob Feid who has coordinated this Florham Park Rotary project for more than 20 years – “Yes, there is Google, but there continues to be something special about having one’s own dictionary in your hands to explore”.


Afterwards, Brooklake School Principal Robert Foster sent the following Thank You note to the Florham Park Rotary:


“We are so grateful for the Florham Park Rotary Club’s generous donation of dictionaries and time to Brooklake’s 3rd-grade class. The Rotarians provided an informative and educational lesson to our 3rd graders, teaching students how to properly use their dictionaries. This annual event at Brooklake School exemplifies the true value of community support and educational enrichment.


Wow!  Brooklake School 3rd Graders are fascinated by all the words to explore on each page!

The Rotary Club’s contribution not only provided our students with a valuable experience and lesson but also fosters a community bond between our students and the greater Florham Park community. We are immensely grateful for their partnership in shaping the bright futures of our students.”


Rotarian George Gregor, also extends a big THANK YOU to the local businesses who generously donated to the Dictionary Project this year:


Alan Feid Inc,, Anita’s Baked Wonders, Lucy’s Gift, Cathy D’s Hair Salon,

Florham Park Diner, Eddie’s Barber Shop, Edmund M. Kramer Photographers,

Pastosa Ravioli, Florham Park Skating Rink, Florham Park Liquors,

The Leonardis Family, Global Capital Service Group Ltd


About Rotary

Rotary International is a nonpolitical and nonsectarian organization open to all people, regardless of race, color,

Rotarian Simone Campbell preparing dictionaries in the Florham Park Diner for distribution to the Brooklake Elementary 3rd Graders

religion, gender, or political preference. 40,000+ clubs in 200 countries worldwide dedicated to humanitarian services, high ethical standards, and goodwill and peace around the world. This global network is made up of 1.4 million people who volunteer their skills and resources to solve issues and address community needs.


One such club is in Florham Park. To learn more and consider joining, guests are welcome to attend a weekly Rotary breakfast meeting at the Florham Park Diner at 182 Ridgedale Ave.  Meetings are 7:47 to 8:50 a.m. every Friday.


For additional information about the Florham Park Rotary visit the new website at www.FlorhamParkRotary.org, check Florham Park Community TV (Channels 21 for Cablevision and 35 for Verizon), or write or call Membership Chair George Gregor at ggregor@florhamparkrotary.org or (917) 848-0982.

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