Cape Third Graders Receive Dictionaries Thanks to Southeast Service Project

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 22, 2004 – Every third grader in the Cape Girardeau School System and their teachers are receiving a new Webster’s paperback dictionary, thanks to the efforts of students participating in Kappa Delta Pi and Student Missouri State Teachers Association at Southeast Missouri State University.

As a service project this fall, Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for education majors at Southeast, and the Student Missouri State Teachers Association have teamed up to carry out the Dictionary Project. This nationwide project seeks to give all third graders their own dictionary.

Southeast students involved in the two organizations have sold T-shirts and collected donations through bookplates to make the project possible.

Dr. Julie Ray, assistant professor of elementary, early and special education at Southeast, says the dictionaries are not for the schools, but rather for the children to keep. Southeast students have been visiting the schools to deliver the dictionaries and to participate in an activity with the children to help them practice in using their new dictionaries.

The Dictionary Project is designed to assist all third graders in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing the students with their own dictionaries.