Dictionary Days Are Scheduled!

dictionaryprojIt’s Dictionary Season! This is a fun time of year for Valley Grangers as we get to fill many little hands that reach out for the Dictionary we provide as part of our “Words for Thirds” Dictionary Project.

This year we will make our annual trek over to SAD 41 on Tuesday, October 15th, stopping at Milo Elementary first thing in the morning and Brownville Elementary closer to noon. Our “road trip” includes third grade classroom visits talking about the Grange Staves representing farmers’ tools and the role of the Grange in getting R.F.D. started.

PCES Third Graders will celebrate their Dictionary Day with a field trip to the Grange Hall on Friday, October 17 at 12:15 pm where they are greeted by “Captain Battick” — a Civil War Navy Captain. Captain Battick explains a bit about the Navy’s role in the Civil War and teaches the Navy Salute! He is most often joined by “Miss Mary” in her pink day dress who explains that “you couldn’t show your ankles and wrists in those days–it was considered improper.” We also discuss “stewardship” and hear from several sixth graders who received their dictionaries three years ago.

SeDoMoCha Third Graders have a similar opportunity on Monday, October 27 when they arrive at the Valley Grange Hall at 9:00 AM for lessons and dictionaries. This is our largest group this year–we expect over seventy third graders!

New this year but not yet scheduled are Dictionary Days at Ridgeview Elementary School in Dexter and Harmony Elementary School in Harmony! We don’t have a definite date yet, but we promise we are coming! Look for Grangers with Dictionaries most likely in early November. We’re excited to be adding another District to our list! With this addition, we are now covering four districts, six schools and putting dictionaries in the hands of over 200 young scholars every year!

Photo by Bob Carroll

Photo by Bob Carroll

Parents of children who are homeschooled are encouraged to contact their local school for information about participating in “Dictionary Day” by attending the program or to receive a dictionary if attending isn’t possible.

Our experience with the kids “re-convinces” us every year of the importance and power of this project. According to The Dictionary Project website, “…Even for children with computer access, a dictionary provides benefits a computer cannot. Dictionaries are portable and can be used anywhere. A child has a sense of ownership of a book that encourages exploration. And only a dictionary can provide that delightful experience of looking up a word and getting sidetracked by all the other fascinating words on the same page.”

This program is made possible by the support of our communities and those individuals who purchase raffle tickets or make cash contributions. If you’d like to help us empower these young scholars with their very own dictionary, you can send a donation to Valley Grange, c/o Secretary Mary Annis, 28 Orchard Road, Dover Foxcroft ME 04426. Together we are building the future.


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