Elks Lodge Donates Dictionaries

Beachland Third Graders Get Free Dictionaries
Posted on 01/03/2019
The Elks Lodge of Vero Beach #1774, along with their mascot, “Elroy,” recently toured around our district to present 3rd grade students with their very own dictionaries. These special dictionaries include an encyclopedia, multiplication tables, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, U.S. Presidents, the planets, sign language, Braille, and so much more! Inside the dictionary the Elks included a ribbon to remind our students to stay “Drug Free!”

“From kindergarten thru second grade, children are learning to read. By third grade, children are expected to read to learn,” said Paul Diaz,elks speaker in front of students Dictionary Project Leader with the Vero Beach Elks. “The dictionaries we give the children not only have a 35,000-word dictionary; they also contain an encyclopedia containing subjects on History, Geography, Science, Sign Language and Braille, and Math--all of which will aid them throughout the school year. As we tell the children, ‘Words
have power’ and their dictionary will help them achieve that power.”

students with dictionariesJim Rannazzisi, Exalted Ruler of the Vero Beach Elks, stated, “A secondary purpose of our work with the Dictionary Project is to make the children aware of the dangers of drug abuse. Each dictionary we present comes with aelroy with students bookmark, which reinforces this message. We bring our mascot, Elroy the Elk, on our school visits to make a lasting impression on the children.”