“Can anyone tell me a word that has two o’s, two k’s and two e’s?” asked the friendly, grandfatherly fellow who was a special guest at Antelope Ridge Elementary on Nov. 2.
“Kooky?” offered one of the third-grade students gathered in the gym for a surprise assembly.
“That’s a good guess, but the word I’m looking for is bookkeeping. B-o-o-k-k-e-e-p-i-n-g. It’s one of just a few words in the English language that has three double letters in a row,” said Jim Rogers, the special guest who was meeting with Antelope Ridge third-graders on behalf of the Rotary Club of Aurora.
Rogers wasn’t at Antelope Ridge just to work on vocabulary and spelling skills; he was there to deliver a dozen Kindle Fire e-readers to support third grade literacy programs. A total of 200 Kindle Fires were donated by the Rotary Club of Aurora and are being delivered by Rotarians to Aurora elementary schools in both Cherry Creek and Aurora Public Schools.
The effort is the latest iteration of the club’s long-standing tradition of supporting literacy programs in Aurora schools. For many years, Aurora Rotarians presented a dictionary to every third-grader in the city. But as technology changed, an e-reader seemed to make more sense. The devices can be loaded with the latest dictionary, a variety of books and educational software that helps students improve their literacy skills.
The third-graders, who are so-called “digital natives” – people born in the age of digital technology – were immediately comfortable with the devices and eager to use them in class. Rogers says their excitement makes the project especially meaningful.
“All I need is the smiles and I’m getting those right here,” Rogers said.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.