Elks Lodge has words for third-graders
Group donates 400 dictionariesBy Ivy VogelPost Independent StaffMillennium slang such as phat, headbanger, mosh pit, dotcommer and brewski have found a place in the pages of the new edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary.Every year, dictionaries add new words – in 2002 a popular Destiny’s Child song landed “bootylicious” a spot in the dictionary – and every year, students have more vocabulary words to learn.As part of the Dictionary Project, a national movement to get dictionaries in third-grade classrooms, the local Elks Lodge will donate 400 dictionaries to seven Garfield County elementaries on Tuesday. The Lodge bought the dictionaries for third-graders at Glenwood Elementary, St. Stephen’s Catholic School, Sopris Elementary, Carbondale Community School, Carbondale Elementary, Kathryn Senor and the Waldorf School.Students begin learning language fundamentals in kindergarten, but it isn’t until third grade that they start really enhancing their vocabulary, said Sonya Hemmen, principal of Glenwood Springs Elementary.All 96 of Glenwood Elementary’s third-graders will get a dictionary. Each dictionary comes with a name sticker so each child can personalize the book, said Ann Gremel, who coordinated the Dictionary Project for the seven elementaries.”Studying vocabulary always enhances every aspect of a student’s learning,” Hemmen said. “Common sense says that a better vocabulary puts a student’s writing heads and shoulders above students without good vocabularies.”The Dictionary Project has given more than 1.3 million third-graders dictionaries.This year, Colorado organizations have donated 20,896 dictionaries to elementary schools, according the Dictionary Project web site.For the progenitors, this is a stupendous, elucidative juncture into a megacosm of syntax.Don’t know what that means?Look it up.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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