Friday, December 13, 2013

Words for Thirds

This morning, volunteers from the Beacon Light Grange in Richmond visited the RES Third Grade in support of The Dictionary Project and The Grange's "Words for Thirds" program.  Through the tireless efforts of the Grange’s network of more than 300,000 volunteers, America’s oldest rural and agriculture organization has presented third grade students across the nation with more than 100,000 dictionaries -- our RES third graders are the latest recipients.

A dictionary is one of the most powerful reference tools young children will be introduced to during
their schooling years. Its usefulness goes beyond just providing correct spellings, pronunciations,
and definitions. It is also a companion for solving problems that arise as children develop their
reading, writing, and creative thinking abilities.

The Grange, headquartered in Washington, D.C., partnered with The Dictionary Project, a 501(c)
(3) nonprofit organization, in 2002. The goal of the program is to assist third grade students to
complete the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing them
with their own personal dictionaries. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and
at home for yeas to come.  Nationwide, the Grange has provided more than 1.8 million dictionaries to students.

To learn more about the Grange's "Words for Thirds" program, please visit
Thank you to the members of the Beacon Light Grange for this exciting program!

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