Guilford Primary School Dictionary Day!

Monday October 19th will be a “big” day for third grade students from Guilford Primary School. After lunch they will board a bus for a short field trip to the Valley Grange Hall in Guilford. While the primary purpose of the trip is to receive their own personal dictionaries, they’ll also learn  a bit about our agricultural history–including the Grange’s relationship to our mail system of R.F.D. (Rural Free Delivery).

webstudentenc2The 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 home for years to come. Valley Grange and South Sangerville Grange have teamed up to provide Guilford Scholars with dictionaries since 2004.

Grange members planning to help with this exciting, fun-filled day should plan to be at the Grange Hall between 11:30 and noon. Parents with home-schooled third graders are welcome to attend or to contact the school to receive a dictionary for the home schooled child.

I had a mother who read to me

One of my adult students saw the news spot about the Bookworm Program and shared this poem by Strickland Gillian. Thanks for sharing, Candy…

I had a mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea.
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth;
“Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.

I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe –
Which every boy has a right to know.

I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales –
True to his trust till his tragic death –
Faithfulness lent with his final breath.

I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh – that each mother of boys were such!

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be —
I had a Mother who read to me.