What is the Idaho state bird? How many planets in our solar system? What’s the longest word in the English language (hint: it consists of 1,909 letters).
Third-graders across the Kuna School District – 428 in all – were excited and interested Monday when representatives from the Kuna Grange showed up at district schools to distribute “A Student’s Dictionary” to every member of the class of 2022.
The Dictionary Project is a national endeavor sponsored by Grange chapters across the country for about the last nine years; the Kuna Grange, said member Mary Johnson, began participating in the project about eight years ago.
“It’s exciting to see the students’ reaction when they get the dictionary in their hands,” said Johnson, who spearheads the project with her husband Don “It gives them something of their very own to learn from, and they always show so much enthusiasm.”
In Debbie Cunha’s third grade classroom at Crimson Point, hands shot up as the Johnsons and others spent a few moments – as they did in each classroom visited Monday – asking questions and helping students explore the wealth of knowledge in the books.
“A Student’s Dictionary,” after all, doesn’t just list and define words—it also contains sections like Weights and Measures, The Periodic Table of Elements, Civics Lesson, Biographies of the U.S. Presidents and much more.
After the holiday break, the Grange will distribute the books to an additional 30 third-graders at Falcon Ridge Public Charter School.
In Kuna, the Dictionary Project is supported annually by individual grangers, as well as members of the community. This year, contributions came from Kuna Grange #59, El Gallo Giro, Mayor W. Greg Nelson, Richard Cardoza, Paul’s Market, Rob Morris #63 OES, Kuna Machine Shop and Marie B. Durrant.