Akansa Chapter DAR promotes literacy

 Akansa Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) delivered 56 student dictionaries to third grade students at Mountain Pine Elementary School, in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, in participation of The Dictionary Project (www.dictionaryproject.org). This project provides students with their own personal dictionary to assist them during the school year in reading, writing, and creative thinking. To hear a student ask, “is this my very own dictionary to take home?" makes the project more than worthwhile.

Akansa has presented dictionaries to Mountain Pine students for the last nine years. These books are a gift to the students to use at home or at school for years to come. Akansa is committed to improve literacy and the quality of life in the Hot Springs area, and recognizes that a student must have the ability to read in order to build his future as economic and social opportunities present themselves.

Presenting the dictionaries, along with U.S. Flag Pins, were Susan Veal-Project Chair, Dawn Barnett, Barbara Dee Deville, Carolyn Gustafson, Betty Weetman, Joyce Wood, & Sylvia Matthews-Akansa Regent, who encouraged the students to "look it up" in a short game of word finding.