Grange gives students new dictionaries

 Roger Williams-Rumford Grange distributed 428 dictionaries to all of the third graders in the City of East Providence as part of the national Dictionary Project. The goal of the program is to assist all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. This is the sixth year that the third graders of East Providence have received dictionaries from the local Grange. John A. Lawson Jr., Master of the Grange, assisted by Louise Roberts on occasion, visited all eight elementary schools to make the presentations. Many thank-you notes have been received from the students.

Participation in the Dictionary Project is just one of the many community service projects undertaken by Roger Williams-Rumford Grange members. UPCs from Campbell’s products and General Mills Education Points are donated to the R.I. School for the Deaf; aluminum tabs are collected for the Shriners Hospitals and Ronald MacDonald House; knitted and crocheted baby hats and lap robes are made for local hospitals and nursing homes; non-perishable food, personal care items, children’s Christmas gifts and Shaws receipts are given to the East Bay Community Action Program; canceled stamps are given to the Vaca Valley Stamp Project in California; and items including pet food, litter and newspapers are collected for the East Providence Animal Shelter.

If you would like to assist the Grange in any of their projects or would like more information about the organization, call John or Shirley Lawson at 434-1491.