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B’ville Grange donates dictionaries

Cato-Meridian third graders display their new dictionaries given to them by the Baldwinsville Grange. Students will be able to keep the dictionaries after the school year ends.

Cato-Meridian third graders display their new dictionaries given to them by the Baldwinsville Grange. Students will be able to keep the dictionaries after the school year ends.

— For the fourth consecutive year, the Baldwinsville Grange #1251 was privileged to present dictionaries to each of the third grade students of the Cato-Meridian School District.

Retired West Genesee teacher Sharon Young Slate, an officer in the Baldwinsville Grange, delivered the dictionaries and talked briefly with the children about what life would have been like in the Cato-Meridian area right after the Civil War, when the first Grange was formed.

Granges, which include community service activities such as the Dictionary Project into their overall programs, were first formed in rural areas and have been common in many communities for years. Numerous Granges are still active throughout New York State doing educational, legislative, family activities and community service work. Each institution welcomes new members.

The dictionaries presented to the children offer special features, which were drawn to the children’s attention as they participated in the discussion. The features include Roman numerals, a map of the United States, a table of measurements and a poem explaining the parts of speech. Four children from each of four classes represented their grade level as Dictionary Ambassadors and were given the task to help acquaint their classes with the features of the dictionary.

The children will use these dictionaries within their classrooms, and keep them for their own use when the 2011-12 school year ends.

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