2017-10-11 / Front Page

Elks donate dictionaries to Springfield third-graders

Student receiving dictionaries included, in front from left, Morgan  Vaughan, Hailey Deneen, Gavin Heath, Avery Deschand, Sophia Lihatsh, Ashley Ferguson, Madelin Olsen, Chase Strong and Demitri Jasinski.  In back with other students are Elks members Gloria Gunn, Victor Baskevich, Exalted Ruler Vicki Siliski, Michael Tennis and Eugene Siliski. — COURTESY PHOTO
Student receiving dictionaries included, in front from left, Morgan Vaughan, Hailey Deneen, Gavin Heath, Avery Deschand, Sophia Lihatsh, Ashley Ferguson, Madelin Olsen, Chase Strong and Demitri Jasinski. In back with other students are Elks members Gloria Gunn, Victor Baskevich, Exalted Ruler Vicki Siliski, Michael Tennis and Eugene Siliski. — COURTESY PHOTO SPRINGFIELD — For the past 11 years, Springfield Elks Lodge 1560 members have been handing out Elks Dictionaries to all third-graders in the Springfield School system. It is estimated that, close to 1,400 third-graders during that time period have each received one, according to a press release.

This year, 80 third-graders at Union St. School were the latest recipients for the dictionaries. The Elks Lodge pays for the dictionaries through grant money they receive from Elks National after they have reached their per-capita for the year.

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