LOCAL REAL ESTATE AGENT SUPPLIES DICTIONARIES, THESAURUSES TO ALL THIRD-GRADERS
UNION CITY (Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010) – As he has for the past four years, a local real estate agent is making certain that every third-grade student in the New Haven Unified School District has a dictionary. And this year, recalling his own school experience, Sunil Sethi is supplying the students with thesauruses, too.
With help from a handful of partners, Mr. Sethi purchased more than 900 dictionaries and thesauruses that he will deliver Friday to students at each of New Haven Unified's seven elementary schools.
"We've upgraded the dictionaries this year," Mr. Sethi said, "and I decided to buy thesauruses, too, because I remembered how helpful they were when I was in school and just starting to write essays."
"I also wanted to reward the students for raising the District's standardized test scores again," Mr. Sethi said with a smile, "because that helps home values, too."
New Haven schools place a primary focus on literacy, particularly writing, Superintendent Kari McVeigh said.
"Literacy is our emphasis, and we've found that when students focus on writing, achievement in other subjects improves, too," Ms. McVeigh said. "We're thankful that Mr. Sethi shares our vision and we're grateful to him and his partners for their continued generosity."
Partnering with Mr. Sethi this year are the Fremont Elks Lodge, Hillview Crest Elementary teacher and part-time real estate agent Steven Fong, and local insurance agent Kristie Turner.
Rick La Plante
Director, Parent & Community Relations
New Haven Unified School District
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