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Dictionaries Donated to PGCPS Third Grade Classes

Wi Editorial Staff | 9/16/2009, 8:58 p.m.

Bradbury Heights E.S. chosen as site of donation from realty firm

The Prince George€s County Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. announced that Keller Williams Preferred Properties in Upper Marlboro, Md. will donate dictionaries to all of the County€s third grade classes. A gesture acknowledging the donation was announced at the Back-to-School Night of the Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights.

€We are grateful that Keller Williams Preferred Properties has chosen to demonstrate its belief in our students through this generous donation,€ said Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Prince George€s County Board of Education Board Chair.
€Our expectation is that these dictionaries will help our outstanding teachers cultivate a thirst for the building blocks of literacy which include proper spelling, grammar and pronunciation.€

Statistics show that third grade is a pivotal point in the formal education structure, with reading and vocabulary as cornerstones of the educational system.

€We are rallying behind the National Dictionary Project and contributing thousands of dictionaries to third graders in Prince George€s County Public Schools. [We want ] to do our part in advancing the cause of education and intellectually empowering our future leaders,€ said Patricia H. Long, a broker and team leader with Keller Williams, the largest African American owned real estate company in the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area.

District 3 Board of Education member Patricia Fletcher, who coordinated the effort, added, €This donation exemplifies our mission that children are our first priority. For years to come, all third graders will have access to these dictionaries. The generosity of Keller Williams reaches into the future and will be available to touch the lives of third graders to come.€