By Jill Richardson
Kuna Melba News reporter
For the fifth year in a row, the Melba Rebekah Lodge 105 and Walter’s Butte Grange 130 presented dictionaries to every third grade student at Melba Elementary through the Dictionary Project.
On Tuesday Jan. 22, sixty-five students from Mrs. Spatz, Miss Perry and Mr. Banning’s classes received free dictionaries presented by Grange Secretary and Treasurer Rosie Peck, Vice President of Idaho Rebekah’s Barbara Pettigrew and Melba Rebekah Noble Grand Tom Ashley.
This year was the largest group so far, they usually have only about 40 to 50 students.
Since 2009, the program has put 384 dictionaries in the hands of third graders at Melba.
“As far as I am concerned, this is one of the most important books you’ll ever have,” said Peck. “It is full of all sorts information that you need.”
“It’s got a synopsis on every state, biography on every President, the lists of the countries in the world and their capitals and it also adds what the countries are known for like agriculture or oil,” said Pettigrew. “It has so much great stuff.”
The students write thank you letters each year to the organizers of the Dictionary Project in appreciation for the gifts.