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Keeseville Elks aid schools with Dictionary Project

KEESEVILLE Keeseville third grader Caitlin Bloom tried to pronounce the longest word in the English language, but had to declare defeat at the 1,909 letter combination. "I never knew this was the longest word," said Bloom. The word - which describes a protein - was featured on the last page of her new dictionary, which she had been presented by Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072. Keeseville Elks Exalted Ruler Steve Finnegan, Project Chairman Dick Rock and Secretary Rodney Stone visited schools last week to deliver dictionaries to third graders. The effort was part of the Dictionary Project, a nation-wide campaign to see that every third grader gains a dictionary of their own. Finnegan said students would have access to a dictionary whenever they needed one, and hopefully would keep the books throughout their school career. Keeseville teacher Tabatha Finnegan said her students were learning dictionary skills, so third grade was a good year for dictionaries to be given. "This is a good tool for them to use at home to complete their homework," said Tabatha Finnegan. Third grader Paetyn Hilborne said the dictionaries were awesome, since they also featured other useful bits of information, like maps. He explained having the dictionary would make his studies easier, since he could keep it at his desk rather than having to retrieve the class' shared copies. Students at Westport Central School, Au Sable Forks Elementary School, Holy Name School, Keeseville Elementary School and Peru Central School received dictionaries purchased by the Elks. "It's really a fun thing - they really appreciate them," said Stone. The Keeseville Elks raised funds for the project through hosting bingo.

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