Posted in Community, General, Malletts Bay School

grat.i.tude \’gra-tə-tyüd n (1523) : the state of being grateful

As sheer casual reading matter, I still find the English dictionary the most interesting book in our language.
—Albert Jack Nock

Students at Malletts Bay School gratefully received some unexpected gifts from a local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

The Burlington Elks Lodge #916 selected MBS students as this year’s recipients of 150 dictionaries, bookmarks, and pencils as part of the Elks’ affiliation with the national Dictionary Project.

Why are dictionaries important?

Far more than simply spell-checking tools, dictionaries are valuable references for learning new words. In addition to definitions, they also generally provide pronunciation keys, parts of speech, dates of origin, examples of usage, and sometimes even common prefixes and suffixes associated with the terms. Dictionaries also provide word variations, such as alternative spellings and different parts of speech. In doing so, they help readers and writers to expand the vocabulary and writing skills that are so essential to academic and professional success. Dictionaries also help to facilitate comprehension of written material by defining terms that a reader does not understand. Hence, they are indispensable tools for readers and writers.

BPOE Exalted Ruler Craig Garrand and his wife, First Lady Carol Garrand, recently joined MBS at lunchtime to present the students with their dictionaries and supplies.

Burlington Elks Lodge #916's Craig and Carol Garrand with MBS students

Fun fact: Many sources cite the oldest known dictionaries as dating back to about 2300 BCE—more than 4,300 years ago!

Malletts Bay School extends its sincere gratitude to Burlington Elks Lodge #916 for its generosity to our students and for its interest in promoting literacy.

Keep current with CSD’s news and other education-related information by subscribing to CSD Spotlight. Enter an e-mail address into the field under E-mail Subscriptions in the upper right-hand side of this screen and click “Sign me up!”