Members of the Molalla Grange bounced from school to school last week distributing dictionaries to the third grade students attending Molalla, Mulino and Rural Dell elementary schools.
The program is called Words for Thirds and the grange has been handing out dictionaries every year to local third-graders for more than 20 years said Don Sether, a grange member who organized this years distribution.
Weve had some kids starting college now who are still carrying those dictionaries with them, Sether said. The kids find them really useful and they really look forward to getting them.
Sether, with grange members Teresa Forbes and Jeff Kleiner, found students at all three schools to be enthusiastic about receiving the books and engaged in the entire presentation.
Sether said this year he and his colleagues got the dictionaries out to 165 kids in the three schools, plus, a couple of boxes each to Foothills Community Church for their research library, to Country Christian School and Molalla River Academy.
Even with todays Internet serving as a fantastic resource for students, teachers say the kids learn so much more by looking things up in the dictionary.
The dictionary handed out by the grange includes a lot more than words. It holds all sorts of information, from multiplication tables to lists of presidents of the United states to illustrated tables showing sign language for the deaf.