BROWNVILLE — It’s December first and that means it’s Dictionary Day at Brownville Elementary School and Valley Grange is honoring this day by distributing dictionaries to third-grade students.
The dictionary project has placed more than 31 million dictionaries in the hands of students worldwide.
“The basis of the program goes to something we often say in education: ‘Kids learn to read ’till about third grade and after third grade, they read to learn,'” said Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange program director.
Dec. 1 marked the 20th year for the distribution and on Wednesday, teachers distributed more than 40 dictionaries to students.
“The kids are very excited to get their own dictionary because it’s something they can take home,” said Carole Smith, principal at Brownville Elementary School.
Even in the snow, the students at Brownville Elementary School say they are grateful for these dictionaries.
“The dictionaries are cool because you get to learn sign language and other words you might not know,” Garrett Armstrong, a third-grade student at Brownville Elementary.
In total, Valley Grange has distributed almost 3,000 dictionaries to third graders throughout Piscataquis County.