Jamestown Elks Lodge 263 donated 32 dictionaries to third-grade students at Panama Elementary School recently. The lodge has partnered with The Dictionary Project each year since 2002 and this year donated more than 905 dictionaries to 15 area elementary schools.
The chairman of the lodge dictionary committee is Rolland Phillips, past exalted ruler, and the committee members are lodge members George Marchini and Carl Mazzurco.
"I would like to thank executive director Randy Sweeney and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for donating half the cost of the dictionaries," said lodge Leading Knight Walt Gaczewski.
Elks Dictionary Project participants at Panama Elementary School are pictured above. Seated, from left, are Cooper Brown, Ava Morton, Willa Anderson and Michael Hall. Standing, from left, are: Debbie DeAngelo, teacher; Rolland Phillips, past exalted ruler; Walter Gaczewski, Leading Knight; Angie Peck, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation; and Ashley Genco, student teacher.
Other elementary schools participating were: Bethel Baptist, Cassadaga Valley, Clymer, Frewsburg, Jamestown, Maple Grove, Fenner, Pine Valley, Sherman and Southwestern.
The Dictionary Project is a national nonprofit corporation that was incorporated in l995 in Charleston, S.C. Since 1995 more than 16 million children have received free dictionaries.