10/28/15 Mebane third graders receive personalized dictionaries

Hayden-Harman project coordinator Michele Davis and volunteers delivered personalized dictionaries to third graders at Mebane’s E.M. Yoder Elementary on Monday, Oct. 19.

Photo courtesy of Christine Kreider.

Hayden-Harman project coordinator Michele Davis and volunteers delivered personalized dictionaries to third graders at Mebane’s E.M. Yoder Elementary on Monday, Oct. 19.

Mebane third graders receive personalized dictionaries
By Laura Zolman Kirk, Enterprise Editor The Mebane Enterprise 10/28/15  
Reprinted with permission.  

The Hayden-Harman Foundation, a local philanthropic organization with a focus on literacy in Alamance County, is providing every third grader in the Alamance-Burlington School System with a dictionary to keep.

“We enjoy doing things for children in the community,” Hayden-Harman project coordinator Michele Davis said.

On Monday, Oct. 19, Davis and volunteers delivered dictionaries to South Mebane and E.M. Yoder Elementary schools.

Delivery to Mebane’s Garrett Elementary is set for Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Dictionaries are presented to each child with his/her name on the nameplate and future high school graduation year affixed by Hayden-Harman volunteers. Davis said the personalization and projected date “gives [the children] something to work towards.”

The Hayden-Harman Foundation is involved in many other literacy programs in the county, such as the Alamance Children’s Museum and a program that provides a book to Alamance kindergartners each year.

“This is the second year our foundation has been organizing [the dictionary giveaway],” Davis said.

The giveaway, however, is an act that has been sponsored nationally by other groups for years as part of The Dictionary Project, a national organization headquartered in Charleston, SC.

“We wanted to get involved, because we felt it was a great thing for children to have in learning,” Davis said.

“We believe in literacy for children and feel like dictionaries are valuable tools for [the kids] to use throughout their schooling.”

About 1800 third graders in Alamance County will receive dictionaries this year from the foundation.