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‘Dictionary Project’ Gifts Dictionaries to all Bryan ISD 3rd Grade Students

Over the course of two days in Bryan ISD, every 3rd grade student will be given a free copy of an innovative student dictionary, beefed-up by the additions of international maps, the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and even the longest word in the English Language. Trivia note: it’s a whopping 1,909 letters and is printed on the final page of the book. The book also contains the biographies of every U.S. President.

Made possible by the “Dictionary Project” and local chair Debbie Pipes, the project began in the mid-1990s as a charitable endeavor in South Carolina. It has since spread to third grade classrooms around the nation. Local elected officials, members of the Republican Party and others turned out to distribute
the free dictionaries. Among them were U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, State Reps. John Raney and Kyle Kacal, Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons, Bryan Major Jason Bienski, County Judge Duane Peters and others.

All 15 elementary schools in Bryan ISD will benefit from the generosity of donors who provided the resources and time to give some students the first book they may have ever owned. Each student was asked to write their name inside the book, indicating right away that this book was theirs to own, learn from and enjoy over the years ahead.

All told, the Dictionary Project has distributed 18,255,644 dictionaries, including 2,397,306 given out in 2012.

Photos:
• Brazos Co. District Attorney Jarvis Parsons at Kemp Elementary
• U.S. Rep. Bill Flores at Kemp Elementary
• State Rep. Kyle Kacal at Neal Elementary