Word of the Day: Celebrate

cel·e·brate / ˈseləˌbrāt/, verb: 1. to do something joyous or special to honor an important event, occasion, holiday, etc. “It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.” Anthony Burgess, 1917 – 1993 “Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” Plautus, 255 BCE – 185 BCE 2. to praise highly “Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures.” Sam Walton, 1918 – 1992 3. to perform a ceremony (often religious) “I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 1926 – 2004 pictured: Third grade students flipping through their new dictionaries given by the Danville Junction Grange #65.
For many years the Danville Junction Grange #65 has participated in The Dictionary Project. This year members visited five different schools in Auburn and Gloucester and distributed dictionaries to over 420 third graders and their teachers.
It is such a thrill to walk into a classroom of third graders who are awaiting their dictionaries with wide grins and enthusiasm! Upon receiving their dictionaries, the room filled with excitement as the discover they many interesting features of their dictionaries. One of my friends called me on the same day as we had visited her grandson’s classroom. She said, ” You made my grandson’s day today! He came rushing into the house exclaiming, ‘Nana! See my new dictionary! It’s not an ordinary dictionary. It has a lot of neat stuff in the back!‘ He was so excited!” – Glenys Ryder, Danville Junction Grange Community Service Committee Chairman.