The Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation recently celebrated the donation of their 100,000th dictionary to Long Beach third-graders.
The two foundations marked the 100,000 milestone at their annual dictionary giveaway, Dictionary Day, at the El Dorado Neighborhood Library.
Now in its eleventh year, the event ensures that Long Beach children have dictionaries in their homes to help them with spelling, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Along with the dictionaries, special instructional material is given to teachers to train the children in dictionary usage.
Students from Cubberley K-8 School helped mark the occasion by participating in a competition to demonstrate newly acquired dictionary skills.
"It is so great to see the excitement on the children's faces when they get their dictionaries and to watch them as they look up new words," said Sara Myers, the Library Foundation’s executive director. "We are very proud of this program.”