Third grade students at Schuylerville Elementary School each received a free student dictionary on Thursday, Oct. 27. The dictionaries were delivered by Greenwich Elks Lodge members Karen and Ted Hogan. This is the sixth year the couple has delivered dictionaries to Schuylerville students.
“We love coming to the school and seeing the excitement on the students’ faces as we hand each one of them a dictionary to keep,” Karen Hogan said.
The local donation is part of a larger effort called, “The Dictionary Project.” The idea for the project began in 1992 when Annie Plummer of Savannah, Georgia, gave 50 dictionaries to children who attended a school close to her home. Since the project was implemented in 1995, over 18 million children have received dictionaries in communities across the United States.
“The Dictionary Project chose third grade as the year to give dictionaries because third grade represents the year a student makes the transition from learning to read to reading to learn,” Karen Hogan said.
The Hogans spent time in each third grade classroom teaching students how to use the dictionaries and answering questions.
“Our teachers look forward to the Hogans visit each year,” Elementary School Principal Gregg Barthelmas said. “The generous donation helps provide our students with a tool they can use both in the classroom and at home to help improve their literacy skills.”
The Greenwich Elks Lodge also provided students with a coloring book based on its drug awareness program.
To learn more about “The Dictionary Project,” click here.