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Elks project seeks support

To the Times of Ti:

Dictionaries have united people through the power of words since they were created over 2,000 years ago. 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. Spell-check cannot increase the user’s understanding of words: it does no 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. 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.

The Ticonderoga Elks Lodge will be distributing student dictionaries to the third grade students to the following schools in our area — Crown Point Central, Moriah Central, Mountainside Christian Academy, Putnam Central, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Schroon Lake Central and Ticonderoga Central. All but two of the above schools have responded to our request for an approximate head count so we can order these dictionaries. Hopefully these two schools are still interested in this worthwhile project.

In addition to the third grade student dictionaries we are also providing French/English and Spanish/English dictionaries to any of the above schools who request them.

Anyone in the surrounding school districts wishing to make donations to The Dictionary Project please contact Richard A. Nadeau, chairman, at 585-7659. For a donation of $50 we will place a label in 30 of the dictionaries. The label will either be “In Memory of (person of your choice) or “Courtesy of (Your name)” Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Richard A. Nadeau

Elks Dictionary Coordinator

Ticonderoga

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