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GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club Donates Dictionaries to all Lilburn Area 3rd Graders

The Dictionary Project was started in Lilburn by the GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club several years ago, and each year we strive to provide special dictionaries to all area 3rd grade students in Lilburn elementary schools.

Club Members receive thank you for dictionaries. Left to Right:  Kathy Mattox, Pat Baker, Laurie Benken, Beth Werve, Pat Shaver, Kathy Shepherd, Nancy Chilcoat and Deborah Shields.

It’s believed that by the third grade, students have begun ‘reading to learn’ instead of ‘learning to read.’ In the spring of 2021, the club applied for a grant from the “Believe in Reading” organization owned by the Steve and Loree Potash Family Foundation. We received a $3000 grant from them which has allowed us to reach our full potential this year for serving the Lilburn area public schools/students. In addition, we also received a grant from Walton EMC in the amount of $250.

Working with our partners from Lilburn Lion’s Club, Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #431 and the Lilburn Business Association, we have been able to distribute dictionaries to all Lilburn elementary school third graders. Delivery of the dictionaries was completed by October 15. Overall, the Lilburn Woman’s Club is proud that we have donated over 1300 dictionaries for this 2021-2022 school year!