The reactions of Clover Park School District’s third grade students indicated in December and January that electronic gizmos are not the only gift kids appreciate. The joy and amazement expressed by many of the students at receiving their first dictionary & and for some the first book that was theirs to keep & proved inspiring to the members of Lakewood First Lions as they personally visited the classrooms to hand dictionaries to the kids.
Lion members Diane Formoso, Riley Smith and Gaye Harris delivered 460 dictionaries to the Clover Park students after Lion Dick Meier informed them of a similar program in Tacoma. Schools receiving books were: Dower, 46; Oakwood, 51; Southgate, 82; Tyee, 62; Lakeview, 65; Tillicum, 43; Custer, 45; and Hillside, 66.
The dictionaries were purchased by Lakewood First Lions from www.dictionary project.org, the website of The Dictionary Project organization based in Charleston, South Carolina. The organization has delivered 4,868,985 paperback dictionaries to participating community groups at greatly reduced prices since its founding. In Washington State a total of 49,633 dictionaries were provided to students through the program, only a fraction of the 1,951,512 total handed out nationally in 2006.
The Lions team distributing the dictionaries were so impressed by the delighted response of the students that they resolved to make the program one of the club’s annual activities. In a show of appreciation the students created thank you cards and sent them to the Lions members.
Lisa Donohoe, a student in Ron Dymond’s and Shelly McClellen’s Dower Elementary classroom, clearly is excited about her new dictionary.
Students Matt Wimer and Jacob Fishbaugh in Mrs. Jaeger’s third grade Dower classroom waste no time delving into the pleasures of learning what words really mean as they are handed dictionaries by Lakewood First Lion members Riley Smith and Gaye Harris.
Thank you notes from students receiving dictionaries were delivered to Lakewood First Lions Club.