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Kiwanis Club of Pascagoula gives dictionaries to students

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Hundreds of third graders now have a new educational tool in their hands. No, it's not a computer or smart phone. The Kiwanis Club of Pascagoula surprised the students with good old fashioned dictionaries.

Big smiles and happy faces greeted members of the Kiwanis Club as they handed out special gifts. 

"We are giving out all these dictionaries to the third graders in Pascagoula. They are your dictionaries. There is a place in the front where you can put your name in it," Kiwanis Club President Matt Perkins told the students.

For seven years the Kiwanis Club has been surprising third graders with the free books in hopes of expanding their minds and vocabulary.  

"Anything that the Kiwanis can do or anyone in Mississippi can do to promote literacy and reading especially starting with young kids, Perkins said. "It starts before the third grade obviously, but really throughout the elementary schools and raising kids. It is tremendously important for the future of these students and our state." 

Once the students got their hands on the books they couldn't wait to open them and start looking upwards. The long words were a little more challenging for students to get out. 

"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," a third grade read out of her new book. 

The dictionary has more than 35, 000 words in it. While the Kiwanis members don't expect the kids to learn every word, they do want them to use the book as a learning tool for other subjects.  

"If you can't read, you can't do anything. You can't do math, you can't do science, you can't do anything and that carries over in every aspect of your life," Perkins said.  

A valuable lesson these students will carry with them along with their brand new dictionaries. 

"I love it. I think I will do it [read] everyday with my grandparents," a third grade student said. 

The Kiwanis Club also donated hundreds of new dictionaries to the Moss Point School District.

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