Thursday, October 4, 2007

Elks Lodge plans large dictionary giveaway


Third-graders in Anniston, Oxford, Saks and Weaver will soon know the true meaning of giving.

And aardvark, and zymurgy, and basically all the words in between.

The Anniston Elks Lodge plans to deliver 1,152 dictionaries to third-grade students in those schools as part of the national Dictionary Project.

Will Lemon, who chaired the local Elks committee, said private donations and fundraisers, including a dance contest, raised about $1,900 for the books.

“We just put the word out at our meetings, and in a month we had enough for those schools,” he said. “We hope it keeps coming in.”

The Elks hope to expand the program to every third-grader in the county, Lemon said.

He said the first batch for Saks Elementary, Weaver Elementary, the five elementary schools in Anniston and three in Oxford will probably arrive in two or three weeks.

Labeling them will take another week, and the Elks will set up a time with principals to deliver the dictionaries once they’re ready.

See the full story here.

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