The Modesitt's were present at Meridian Elementary Thursday, Oct. 11, along with Brazil Rotary Club member Sam Glover to dedicate the endowed dictionaries.
Mauri was principal of Meridian Elementary from 1966 to 1994. After he retired, Karen Phillips took over as principal.
The Modesitt's decided to endow the dictionaries to the school for this year and every year in the future.
The Brazil Rotary Club, in partnership with the Wabash Community Foundation, donate dictionaries to every third grade class in every Clay Community School each year.
According to Glover, the Rotary Club seeks to promote literacy in schools nationwide and around the world, and the dictionary donation is one way of doing that.
Glover spoke with the students in Heidi Madsen and Christy Stevenson's third grade classes, before he and the Modesitts gave out the dictionaries.
"Words are so important," Glover said before having the students look up the word 'pumpkin' in their new dictionaries.
Glover awarded one dollar to the student who found the word first in each classroom.
"We've been donating dictionaries for eight to 10 years," Glover said. "The Rotary Club once worked to eradicate polio, but since the polio project is nearing its end, we're focusing now on literacy."
The Modesitts decided to endow the dictionaries to Meridian due to their dedication to Meridian and their dedication to the community.
"We sponsor a few things in the community," Mauri said. "We care about the schools, the students and their education."
" We just like to find ways to give back to the community," Janice said.
Rotary Club members have been visiting every third grade classroom in Clay Community Schools over the last week donating the dictionaries.