by Anayeli Ruiz
BIG SPRING - It's not exactly a rite of passage, but for most grade-schoolers it is something of a milestone.
Getting their first dictionary may not sound like a big deal now, but when you're eight years old, it's another key to an ever expanding world.
At first, some of the kids weren't that excited about getting a dictionary, but it didn't take long for them to warm up to the idea.
"Well I don't really feel that good, because I don't really like to work in dictionaries a lot cause I have to look and look, its just hard," Third Grader Mateo Rodriguez, said.
Once the dictionaries were in their hands, these kids were actually excited to explore them.
"Well I thought they weren't really fun at first, but now they are really cool," Rodriguez said.
For Third Graders, like Mateo, a few simple things caught their attention.
"Well it's all colorful and it has big pictures in it and it just cool looking," Rodriguez said.
But it's not all fun and games, the dictionaries are helping the students expand their knowledge.
"I think its real cool we get to learn some cool stuff that we haven't learned that's in the dictionary. Learning new words and learn words we didn't know how to say or to write," Third Grader Kayleigh Penny, said.
All 486 dictionaries were paid for by the Rotary Club which cost about four thousand dollars.
Every year, the Rotary Club buys dictionaries for Third Graders in Howard County.