Group Gives Kids Free Dictionaries

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BRYAN, Texas A small group of former educators set out to put more than a thousand dictionaries into the hands of Bryan-area third graders.

Officials with the Dictionary Project said over the course of two days, they'll be handing out more than 1,200 student dictionaries to schools across Bryan.

Floy Poe headed up the Bryan campaign. She said the nationwide campaign had a very humble beginning.

"It started in Savannah, Georgia with a housekeeper that saw the children going back and forth that didn't have books," said Poe. "So she started buying dictionaries."

Along with definitions, the dictionaries also contain things like the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, maps of the world and more.

Poe said since then, around 18 million dictionaries have been handed out nationwide.

Congressman Bill Flores and District Attorney Jarvis Parsons joined in Tuesday's drive at Kemp Elementary.

"Knowing what words mean and understanding their context is the foundation for everything," said Parsons.

Flores said the success of the country depends on the quality of education.

"Of course, one of the bedrock pieces of a good education is being able to read," said Flores.

Poe said the response from both educators and students has been great. She said she plans to deliver dictionaries to all 15 Bryan-area schools.

Brandon Webb with Bryan ISD said the project represents an opportunity for every 3rd grade student in Bryan ISD to enjoy the benefit of a dictionary they can own and keep for years to come.