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ABC40 Honor Roll: Springfield Students Receive Dictionaries, Thanks to Merriam-Webster

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Third graders in Springfield received a special delivery Monday.

Students at Brookings, Rebecca Johnson, Milton Bradley, Homer Street, and William DeBerry elementary schools received the gift of words.

Four hundred dictionaries were delivered to the five schools in the city as part of the Dictionary Project.

It’s all in an effort to help students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners.

“Dictionaries are such an important factor in the school system because a lot of kids don’t understand what words mean, how to go about looking up words, so it’s very helpful to them at all age levels,” explains Shirley Holmes with Merriam-Webster.

The books are given to students to take home and keep for their own.

The program has been adopted by individuals, businesses and civic organizations all over the country.

Eighteen million books have given to children since the program began in 1995.