Steven Fong and I have been helping organize the distribution of dictionaries to all 3rd graders in the New Haven Unified School District since 2006 on behalf of the Bay East Association of Realtors. The dictionaries' are acquired through a national program called the Dictionary Project. For about $40 we can buy a box of 24 dictionaries to distribute to a 3rd grade classroom.
I like this volunteer effort because as a Realtor I like doing activities which show the community that Realtors like to do activities that help communities increase their home values (I also organized the neighborhood watch and our annual National Night Out events). Also when we deliver the dictionaries to the kids in the classroom, they just warm up your heart from their appreciation.
For the last two years, I've been asking Bayeast to let other businesses/individuals in the community participate with us because I believe the more groups of people we get involved with helping our schools, the better our students will perform [expectations guide results - it takes a village to raise a child].
Unfortunately, Bayeast's attitude has been that of territorial dog in this discussion and refuses to let anyone else contribute/sponsor a classroom that isn't a member of Bayeast. i disagree with this approach and would like to give opportunities for doctors, lawyers, plumbers, carpenters and other professions to get involved with the schools in their community.
If you would like to participate in this year's dictionary project here's the link.
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