Define and conquer: More than 1,000 students are ready to do a little word play.

The Rotary Club of Antioch and the Rotary Club of the Delta have again joined forces to hand out dictionaries to third-graders in the Antioch school district.

Receiving their own dictionary were students from Belshaw, Fremont, Grant, John Muir, Kimball, Lone Tree, Mission, Sutter and Turner.

The students received these prized books before winter break.

In the meantime, Lillian Razavi (president of the Antioch club) said they're in the process of gathering more dictionaries and hope to serve one or two more Antioch elementary schools.

"So many of them get excited that the dictionaries are actually theirs and that they can take them home," Razavi said of the annual giveaway.

"We have a strong commitment to Antioch youth and AUSD. (I'd like) to be able to serve all third-grade classes with our Dictionary Project."

In addition to this annual giveaway, the service club recently sponsored an anti-bullying campaign for all 14 AUSD elementary schools.

"We (hope) our sponsorship will also serve all or at least some of the AUSD middle schools. Not only are we committed to our youth's education but also their emotional well-being."

Razavi is clearly committed to the Rotary group. She's been a member since she was in high school.

For more information on how to help, email lillianrazavi@gmail.com.


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FUNDRAISER FOR EXPLORATORIUM TRIP: The Black Diamond Parent-Teacher-Student Organization is hoping the lure of Disneyland tickets for four, a computer tablet, dinner cruise or restaurant gift certificates will be enough to encourage folks to buy $5 raffle tickets to raise money for a school trip. The parents group is hoping to sending 600 students to San Francisco to visit the Exploratorium. The goal, according to PTSO President Imelda Rivera Edwards, is to provide these students with exposure to various exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that will ignite their curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead them to profound learning, especially in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas. Proceeds from the raffle ticket sale will cover the cost of 15 chartered buses, she said.

Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 7. They can be purchased at the school office at 4730 Sterling Hill Drive. For more information, email www-bdms-pts.org.

STRIKE UP THE BAND: The sixth annual Stuart Music Fund Benefit Concert will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center at Liberty High, 850 Second St. in Brentwood.

The event will feature the Brentwood Concert Band, the Liberty High Symphonic Band and special guests.

Sue Stuart, a retired longtime Liberty music teacher, spearheads the event to help support "young area musicians through grants and scholarships."

There is no admission fee; however, attendees are encouraged to donate to help fund music programs. For more info, call 925.634-3521.

READY FOR SCHOOL?: On Feb. 12, the Brentwood Union School District will begin registration for its transitional kindergarten and kinder classes for the 2014-2015 school year.

The eligible child must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. If entering transitional kindergarten, the child must be 5 years old by Dec. 2, 2014.

For more details, contact your resident school site beginning Feb. 12, 2014 to schedule a registration appointment. Appointments will be held March 4-6.

For more information, visit www.brentwood.k12.ca.us

If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. Note: Trine also does community outreach for Antioch High.