On Friday afternoon 3rd grade students at Chapin Street School gathered in the cafetorium for a special surprise. Two representatives from the Ludlow Lodge of Elks # 2448 - Mr. Don Conner, Director of Children’s Programs and Mr. Paul Jacques, Leading Knight- visited the school this afternoon to graciously donate a new dictionary to each 3rd grader.
Conner explained that it is the 9th year that the Elks Lodge has participated in this national program that has a goal of giving every 3rd grader in the country a dictionary. “We strongly support that children can use dictionaries in their class and at home to promote vocabulary, reading and writing.” He explained that in addition to Chapin Street School the lodge also donates to Belchertown and Palmer schools, St. John the Baptist School (Ludlow) and the Balliet School in Springfield; for a total of 650 dictionaries.
The presentation began with Conner explaining the mission of the lodge stating, “Our purpose is to help anyone in Ludlow and the surrounding towns that need help. We help Veterans, senior citizens, children; anyone who needs help.”
Much to the delight of the students, Conner then explained that they were visiting Chapin today to give each one of them their very own dictionary, stating, “Take them home. Read them. Use them. They are filled with great information. In addition to the dictionary there are pages on sign language, maps, multiplication table, and information about the states and even our presidents, including President Obama.”
Conner asked students if they ever wondered what the longest word in the English is, sharing, “That word has 1,909 letters, and that is in here too. Don’t worry it won’t be on your spelling test for two weeks!”
“I’m very happy to get the dictionary,” said Mason Little, “because I can look up words and find out about planets. I really like planets.”
Madison Mathias was equally happy when she received her dictionary stating, “I’m excited because I can look up information about the presidents.”
“What a wonderful program for our students,” commented Chapin Street Principal, Mrs. Nikki Reed. “The students were so excited when they learned the dictionary was theirs to take home with them. We are extremely grateful to the members of the Elks lodge for their continuous support of our schools and for this generous gift to our 3rd graders.”
When asked by a student how many words were in the dictionary Conner responded, “ All of the words you need to know. There are no words you don’t need to know!” From the level of student excitement as they left with their dictionaries there is no doubt each of these 3rd graders will be using their dictionaries to learn all of the words they need to know!
Mrs. Reed, Mr. Conner & Mr. Jacques with 3rd graders and their dictionaries!
THANK YOU Ludlow Lodge of Elks!