LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Dozens of students in Long Beach are a book richer thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club.
"We give a dictionary to every third grader in Long Beach, including the home schooled," said Rotarian, Doug St. John.
St. John and Karen Livengood spent the morning handing out the bound reference books to classes at Reeves Elementary. The Rotary Club has been making this possible for more than 20 years.
"I love the enthusiasm the children have," said Livengood.
"Their eyes just light up," St. John agreed.
It's not a fancy gadget. It's not the latest technology, but it captivates the attention of these youngsters.
"I think it's amazing," said Wren Hoda.
"I can look up anything I want," said Jackson Hobson.
Some of the students say this is a bit of a departure from what they're used to, and they don't mind.
"It's good, because you need to stay off your electronics," said Ariyona Daniels.
That's the idea behind this effort, to give students something that they can hold, flip through, and still use, even without a battery.
"You don't get this excitement with a smart phone. You don't get it with a tablet. The buzz in this room right now is amazing, and it's over a book," said teacher Tiffany Crozier.
A book that many of these students will likely treasure for the rest of their lives.