Part of AT&T Pioneers 9th Annual ‘Dictionaries for Success’ Project
WINDSOR, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — written by Jessica Erickson, AT&T Wisconsin
Nearly 120 third graders from Windsor Elementary School received their own personal dictionaries from the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers today as part of a statewide project designed to improve childhood literacy and student reading scores.
“Today’s event was a great way to introduce our third graders to the dictionary, a wonderful educational tool they will find useful throughout their academic careers,” said Roy Bernards, Principal of Windsor Elementary School. “Partnerships with volunteers like the AT&T Pioneers really make a positive impact on education and a positive difference for children.”
During the event, local AT&T Pioneers showed the students what information they can find in the dictionary. They also demonstrated how the books can be used to learn vocabulary development, word pronunciation, the different meanings of words, and how to compare and contrast words.
The AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers are donating 6,500 dictionaries to students at 130 schools statewide as part of its 9th annual “Dictionaries for Success” program. The Pioneers are a local organization of AT&T employees and retirees who are dedicated to volunteering their time to various community causes.
Schools in Windsor, Waterloo, Watertown, Waukesha, Muskego, Oconomowoc, Cudahy, Green Bay and Eau Claire are among the schools that are receiving donated dictionaries from the Pioneers this year.
“At AT&T, we are committed to helping advance the education of our young people,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “We are proud to partner with Windsor Elementary School to provide our students with the tools they need to become our future leaders.”