TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Elks Lodge will be distributing student dictionaries to the third grade students at Crown Point Central, Moriah Central, Mountainside Christian Academy, Putnam Central, St. Mary's, Schroon Lake Central and Ticonderoga Central schools this fall.
In addition to the third grade student dictionaries, Elks will also provide French/English and Spanish/English dictionaries to any of the schools who request them.
"Dictionaries have united people through the power of words since they were created over 2,000 years ago," explained Richard Nadeau, Ti Elks dictionary project chairman. "The dictionary helps people express their innate gifts. Without words, we cannot share our ideas with others. The dictionary project puts words into the hands of children so that they can learn to express their thoughts and appreciations for each other and the world in which we live. Words help us make this world a better place for everyone to live in together. If you express appreciation and gratitude, people will have a high opinion of you because you are showing them the respect they deserve. Please and thank you are still the magic words.
"Computer spell-check may be handy, but it does not replace the dictionary," Nadeau added. "Spell-check cannot increase the user's understanding of words, it does not help someone become a better reader or more creative writer. Dictionaries make students self-reliant. They are an essential tool for a quality education. A child cannot do his or her best work without a dictionary.
"We have high expectations for children," he concluded. "We believe that the greatest possible contribution which any one of us can make to the world is to be ourselves at our best. The purpose of education is to help students develop their best selves. Unfortunately, it has become a challenge for educators to ensure that students have the tools they need to function effectively in the classroom."
Anyone wishing to make donations to the dictionary project should contact Nadeau at 585 7659.