Words for Thirds
BPS Foundation, Lions Club present 3rd graders with Dictionaries
By Alyssa Dahlgren, Pubic Relations & Fundraising Coordinator
The Bennington Public Schools Foundation and the Bennington Lions Club teamed up to provide each third grader in the Bennington Public School District with their own dictionary.
BPS Foundation Executive Director Regina Meradith and long-time Lions Club member Ken Sukraw presented 280 dictionaries at Anchor Pointe Elementary, Pine Creek Elementary, Bennington Elementary, and Heritage Elementary on Monday, September 30.
The two organizations have worked together on the “Words for Thirds Dictionary Project” since 2016, after the Elkhorn Grange had run the program for many years.
“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,” Meradith said. “We enjoy partnering with the Lions Club each year to fund this initiative.”
Meradith introduced the students to the unique assets the dictionaries have to offer, including sign language and Braille sections, the longest word in the English language, and various animal facts.
The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come.
“These dictionaries impact students’ learning in so many ways. Not only does it help with their daily writing, it serves as a resource for learning new ideas and information, alphabetizing, and increasing their vocabulary. Even though technology offers a current and widespread dictionary, the book form of the dictionary is still a useful tool that does more for a child than just define a word,” said Sara Reinoehl, a third grade teacher at Anchor Pointe Elementary.