Colchester: Dictionaries donated to town’s 3rd-graders
Fred Brown is a fan of words. That’s one reason the Colchester man and his wife, Robin, donated 245 dictionaries to all the town’s third-graders Oct. 17 at Jack Jackter Intermediate School.
Brown and his wife started the practice several years ago and the couple have made it an annual tradition.
“I think we saw the need,” Brown said. “Lots of children didn’t have a dictionary of their own they could use.”
Students were surprised and excited about having new copies of “A Student’s Dictionary,” which includes words and their meanings as well as words in Braille and sign language. There also is information about historical figures and other facts a student might need.
“I can use it for everything I need to know about the world,” student Preston Stevens, 8, said. “I use it a lot.”
“The Browns have been so generous every year,” third-grade teacher Linda Eakin said. “The children use the dictionaries even when they’re not working on a class assignment.”
The Browns make the donation in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday, Oct. 16.
Webster was born in Connecticut in 1758 and went on to become a well-known dictionary and textbook author and editor.
The donation, which takes place on “Dictionary Day” at the school, is marked with special events. Children read essays about Webster. They also play a word definition game based on the popular TV game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”