Local Lions Club Provides Bethpage Students with Dictionaries

During the month of November, Vice President and Vocational Service Director George Hannau and Past District Governor Steven Lesetz from the Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club, along with Branch Manager Diana Roca and Personal Banker Harmeet Kaur from Astoria Federal Savings, visited Central Boulevard, Charles Campagne, and Kramer Lane Elementary Schools in the Bethpage Union Free School District. The purpose of their visit was to provide third-grade students and their teachers with their own personal dictionaries that can be used throughout their school careers.
Superintendent of Schools Terrence Clark, Principals Angelita Cintado, Steven Furrey and Kerri McCarthy, and the District’s third-grade teachers enthusiastically endorsed the Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club Dictionary Project, which was sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings.

The Dictionary Project provides an opportunity for students to expand their vocabulary while aiding teachers in their goal to see all of their students finish the school year as good writers, active readers, and creative thinkers.

A dictionary is perhaps the first and most powerful reference tool a student should own. Its usefulness goes beyond the spellings, pronunciations, and definitions that it lists. It is a companion for solving problems that arise as a student develops his or her reading, writing, and creative thinking skills.

Students benefit from an increased self-reliance and resourcefulness inspired by the maxim “look it up in the dictionary.” Teachers benefit by knowing that their students will have consistent access to a tool for homework and in-class exploration, even into their high school and college years.

The book provided by the Dictionary Project is more than a dictionary – it is an almanac as well, offering graphical and historical information such as weights and measures, multiplication tables, calendars, the U.S. Constitution, and more.

Many thanks to the Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club and Astoria Federal Savings for providing Bethpage’s third graders with such a wonderful gift!