Mountain View School District Third Graders Receive Free Dictionary
by Michele Earle
February 26, 2014 • 458 views
Every third grade student in the Mountain View School District was presented with a free dictionary thanks to the Alhambra/San Gabriel Elks Club and the Duarte Elks Club, who distributed 859 dictionaries to the district’s 10 elementary schools.
As part of The Dictionary Project, which originated in Charleston, South Carolina in 1995, the two local Elks clubs gave away over 8,000 dictionaries to San Gabriel Valley third graders this year. Since its implementation, The Dictionary Project has put over 21 million dictionaries in the hands of students world-wide. The goal of the program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries, which were personalized with the student’s name are a gift to use at school and at home for years to come.
Making the special delivery to the very happy third graders were Duarte Elks Club No. 1427 members, John McEntire, Jim Rentschler, and Donna McEntire and Al Frederickson, Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler for the Alhambra/San Gabriel Valley Elks Club No. 1328, and Elroy the very popular Elk puppet.
“This is our sixth year providing dictionaries to the students in Mountain View,” said Donna McEntire, Elks Club member and retired MVSD teacher. “The Elks value education and we are very happy to give back to our community and support students with their educational endeavors.”
Each student was very excited to receive the dictionary, which is packed full of resources.
“This dictionary is a wonderful resource book full of information to help you learn,” said McEntire. “It has information on our 50 states, maps of continents and countries, a list of all our presidents, a multiplication table, information on the planets and solar system and even shows you how to do sign language. We want you to be lifelong learners and use this dictionary to keep learning.”
In addition to the students, the teachers and administrators were thrilled with the generous donation and know the dictionaries will be an essential tool for the students.
“The Elks Club is a wonderful organization that provides a lot of love and support to the communities,” said Dr. Aileen La Corte, principal of Maxson School. “The dictionaries are a true gift for our students and we are so appreciative of the kindness and generosity shown to us by the Elks Club.”
According to McEntire, third grade is the perfect grade level for dictionaries because third grade is the year in which dictionary skills are taught in most schools. Additionally, third grade represents a critical juncture in a child’s education, it is the year a student makes the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.
“The new Common Core standards for third grade state that students can use both an electronic and printed version of the dictionary, so these dictionaries will be useful when the yearly state testing comes around,” said McEntire.
Eager to look up site words, learn new words and their definitions and explore the resource sections of their new dictionary, the students excitedly flipped through the pages.
Abigail Villalvazo, a Maxson third grader is looking forward to using her dictionary to help her learn more. “This is a good book and it will help me get better in English and help me learn new words. I will use it a lot.”
“It was very nice of the Elks Club to give us a dictionary,” said Edel Bustos, Maxson student. “It feels good to get a dictionary because I can learn words I’ve never seen before,” he said.