Student Asks, We Answer!

One student’s thank you note deserves an answer. “J” wrote:

Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for paying for the dictionary because we use them. I was happy that you showed us things. How did you pay for the bus ride and the dictionary?

Dear J,

Thank you for writing and asking a question because that’s how you learn! We are very lucky to have some Valley Grange members who work very hard every year to raise money so we can give dictionaries to so many students like you. You met some of them during your visit. But the money really comes from a lot of people from all around the area who make donations and support our programs because they want to help you succeed as a student. They also believe that we can all work together to accomplish good things as communities. You can even thank your teacher and  your school because they are an important part the program.

We are glad you are using your dictionary and hope you’ll keep it for many years. We are happy you are learning!

Your friends,

Mr. Boomsma and the Valley Grange

Third Graders Write and a Teacher Draws!

Mr. Boomsma by Mr. Arthers

Third graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School expressed their thanks for the dictionaries they received during their visit to the Valley Grange Hall on October 16… and third grade teacher Mr. Arthers offered his rendition of Mr. Boomsma in action! Here’s a sampling of what the kids had to say…

“Thank you for having us visit your Grange Hall and teaching us about the Civil War. I liked the pink day dress, the badges on the uniform, and the staves. I learned they are called the spud, the shepherd’s crook, the pruning hook and the owl. Most of all, thank you for giving us the dictionaries. I will use it for helping me with my spelling words, my reading words, and my vocabulary words. I like the sign language page. I also know how to do the whole alphabet in sign language.

Sincerely, HH”

“Thank you for teaching us about the Civil War and the pink dress. I really liked the golden sword and I did not know there were certain kinds of military salutes. I didn’t know that there were different kinds of dresses. The staves were cool, too. Thank you most of all for the dictionaries. I even used the dictionary for this letter. You guys are awesome! Thank you.

Your friend, TR”

“We want to thank you for the dictionaries. My favorite part was sweeping the floor. And searching for the words in the dictionaries. It was a lot of fun. Good luck with the third grade next year.

From P”

[The above letter might require some explanation… the kids sit on the floor for the presentation. I had them all “scoot” on their bottoms so they were a little bit closer and teased after they had that was how we got the floor clean once a year!]

“Thank you for telling us about the pink dress. I would like to wear a pink dress every day. Thank you for teaching us about the Civil War. My two favorite parts were the staves and the owl. He was so cute. The shepherd’s crook was awesome. Most of all, I liked the dictionary hunt, even though it was hard to find the word in the dictionary. It still was the best day ever.

Sincerely, MH”

“Thank you for teaching us about the Civil War and dictionaries and showing us the real uniform, (more…)