Mater Dolorosa School Class Gets Dictionaries

Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community Busy Bees, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, visited Karen Wilder’s third-grade class at Mater Dolorosa School in Independence last month to celebrate National Dictionary Project Week.

The Bees presented each student in Wilder’s class with a new dictionary.

Mary French founded the Dictionary Project in 1995 to provide dictionaries for third-graders in the South Carolina public school system, a news release from the Busy Bees said. Soon, it became a national program, fully funded by individual donations and by sponsors who implement the program in their local school systems, the release said.

The organization believes a dictionary is an essential tool for a quality education and that students cannot do their best work without one. It can be used to improve vocabulary by encouraging students to learn more words, the release said.