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Dictionary Project 2016

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Third-grade students received their own personal dictionary courtesy of the Watervliet Elks.

Third-graders receive dictionaries courtesy of the Watervliet Elks


Third-grade students at Watervliet Elementary School received a special gift that they can use throughout their school career to become better learners: their own personal dictionary.  View photo gallery

Members of the Watervliet Elks Lodge #1500 stopped by the elementary school on Thursday, Dec. 22 to distribute free dictionaries to third grade-students and teachers. The purpose of the Elks dictionary giveaway is to help grade 3 students develop strong reading and writing skills.

Before distributing the books to students, Elks member Edward Baniak discussed the additional reference features found in the dictionaries, including a section on the the U.S. Constitution, the 50 states, the planets, U.S. presidents, measurements and multiplication tables.

Mr. Baniak and Elks leader Francisco Alecia handed out the free dictionaries to WES students. Watervliet Elks Lodge #1500 has been bringing the Dictionary Project to WES for the 12 years, and also provides third graders in nearby Menands and Green Island with the free reference books.

The dictionary giveaway is part of the local Elks’ annual participation in the Dictionary Project, a national program that promotes literacy as students transition from learning to read to becoming strong writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and most of all, develop the skills they need to reach their fill potential.

Learn more about the Dictionary Project