10/21/15 Hayden-Harman Foundation gives dictionaries to ABSS third-graders
Photos by Sam Roberts / Times-News
Hayden-Harman Foundation gives dictionaries to ABSS third-graders
By Isaac Groves The Times-News 10/21/15
Reprinted with permission.
Above, a student cracks open his new dictionary.
Michele Davis pushed a shopping cart through Newlin Elementary School on Tuesday morning stacked with cardboard boxes full of dictionaries — one box for each third-grade class, and one dictionary for each student.
“We’re giving every one of you a dictionary to keep,” Davis tells the 8- and 9-year-olds sitting on the carpet. “It has your name on it.”
That generated some excitement as the kids opened the front covers and saw the big, gold labels inside. One girl hugged her dictionary to her chest like a doll.
“It also has the year you are going to graduate from high school,” Davis said. “Do you know when that is?”
That answer took a few minutes. Some of the first responses were actually in the past, before these kids were born. Teacher Trish Anderson talked them through the math, and they came up with 2025.
“This is a math class,” Anderson said.
Davis called out each name and handed each student a book. Most said “Thank you,” and some stood to shake hands.
Students put the dictionaries to use right away, too. One girl opened hers and announced she had found the word “unpleasant.” She was surprisingly pleased.
The Hayden-Harman Foundation, which funded the Children’s Museum of Alamance County, and Delta Sigma Theta sorority paid for the dictionaries, Davis said. She is going to all 20 Alamance-Burlington elementary schools this week, handing out more than 1,800 dictionaries to all the district’s third-graders.