Oswego third graders receive dictionaries

 Nearly 400 third graders throughout the Oswego school district now have beautiful new dictionaries thanks to Oswego Elks Lodge 271.
For the fifth consecutive year, the local fraternal organization donated hundreds of dictionaries to third graders. Past Exalted Rulers Bill Reedy and Fred Byrne visited Charles E. Riley, Frederick Leighton, Kingsford Park, Fitzhugh Park and Minetto elementary schools to present the dictionaries.

‘We have been involved in this project for five years. We have been able to distribute over 3,000 dictionaries and this year we have also included Pulaski and Mexico,’ Byrne said.

‘We are so grateful to the Elks for this generous donation of dictionaries for grade three students. This resource will be a wonderful tool for them during their daily classroom instruction,’ said assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Cathy Chamberlain.

The excitement was evident as the Elks members journeyed from classroom to classroom presenting the pupils with their new books. Immediately after receiving their new books, the kids put their names on their newest possession.

The Dictionary Project originated in 1995 in South Carolina. This project provides opportunity to learn dictionary skills that are beneficial for all students to improve writing, comprehension and grammar.

The Dictionary Project has been implemented in all 50 states.