Dictionaries donated by Lions Club

WAKARUSA — Lions Club president Troy Schwartz presented 288 dictionaries to third-grade students at Nappanee Elementary, Woodview Elementary and Wakarusa Elementary schools March 4.

This is the first year the Wakarusa Lions Club has participated in the Dictionary Project. So far this year, 36 Lions Clubs in Elkhart, St. Joseph's, Marshall, Kosciusko, Wabash, Miami and Fulton counties have distributed dictionaries to 4,400 school children.

The Wakarusa Lions Club is a community service organization consisting of 38 men and women. The club meets on the third Monday of each month at Miller's Senior Living Center in Wakarusa.

The Wakarusa Lions Club makes donations to individuals in extreme need of vision assistance and also supports community programs. They cooperate with a local optometrist to provide eye exams and glasses for Wa-Nee students identified by school nurses as having severe vision problems that interfere with learning.

Pictured are third-grade students Cade Jackson, Lauren Mikel, Gary Hochstetler, Ruth Diaz, Casey George, Eric Trent, Casey Miller and Luke Mechling, along with Nappanee Elementary principal Randy Cripe and Lions president Troy Schwartz.