HAGERSTOWN - Seconds after receiving their new dictionaries Tuesday, many students were flipping the pages to look up the word "hero."
It was a homework assignment from Michael Markoe, acting assistant superintendent for elementary instruction for Washington County Public Schools.
"We're going to look up hero, because a lot of people were heroes on that day," he said, referring to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The dictionaries were given to all third-graders at Fountaindale School for Arts and Academic Excellence Tuesday by local Rotary clubs. The clubs will distribute the dictionaries to every public and private school student in Washington County.
Rotary International has sponsored the project annually and has distributed 6,000 dictionaries to area students in three years.
Five local Rotary clubs participated: Hagerstown, Hagerstown Sunrise, Hancock, Long Meadow and Williamsport. Hagerstown Community College donated a bookmark for each student, and Hub Labels donated labels for each dictionary.