This is one of our longest-running programs in Assistance League, this being the eighth year that we have given a dictionary to each of the third grade students in the Campbell Union School District. This is the way it works—volunteers from Assistance League and the community go to each of the 40 third grade classrooms in the district to present a short lesson and distribute dictionaries. That’s 1,000 English dictionaries meant for the students to take home as their very own. We also give 250 Spanish/English dictionaries to students whose home language is Spanish in order for their parents to assist them with homework and with their own language development.
The good news is that we are able to distribute the dictionaries early in the school year, so the students can use them all year. Other good news is that we will now be part of the Campbell Union School District’s College and Career Curriculum Strand and the emphasis on literacy and the future will be important. Presenters will be encouraged to wear their college sweatshirts or career uniforms and to discuss how literacy will affect the students’ lives and their future education. The wonderful smiles of the children who get to take their very own dictionary home to use is our reward!
The bad news is that Dictionary Day is sneaking up on us this year and more help is needed! We have an easily implemented script for the classroom presentation and will provide training.
If you haven’t already volunteered and would like to, or would like more information, please contact us to sign up for Dictionary Day on December 2. It will be a lot of fun!