Third graders in Lewis-Palmer School District 38 have the definitions to thousands of words right at their fingertips thanks to the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club.
Every year the Kiwanis club provides students in the district with dictionaries and recently delivered the books to every elementary school in the district.
“Every third grader in D-38 gets a dictionary to have of their own,” Al Brown, Kiwanis member and advisor to K-Kids at Palmer Lake Elementary School, said.
The students each received a Scholastic Children's Dictionary complete with a grammar and punctuation guide, acronym and abbreviation guide, list of flags for the different countries, facts about the United States, a map of the United States and a listing of all the U.S. presidents.
Palmer Lake Elementary School third teacher Margie Frostman said third grade is the perfect age to receive the dictionaries because kids at that age are so interested in everything.
“It's a great gift. They have something at home to work with” Frostman said. “I think it's neat (because) with all the electronics out there they are so interested in a book.”
The dictionary program is something the Kiwanis members have participated in for years, going as far back to when Kiwanis was the Monument Hill Sertoma Club. Equipping the third graders with dictionaries is a project of Kiwanis International. The dictionaries are paid for through fundraising efforts by the Kiwanis club.
“We have high school kids that still have their dictionaries,” Lynne Manzer, Kiwanis member, said.
When students received their dictionaries Kiwanis members had students look up the definitions of several words. Teachers also received their own copies to use in the classroom.