Lee’s Summit North High School National Honor Society students recently traveled to Richardson Elementary to make special presentations to the school’s third-graders. Through the Dictionary Project, a national organization, the LSNHS students visited third-grade classrooms, presenting a dictionary to each student.
To participate in the Dictionary Project presentations, the National Honor Society members were required to raise $200 for the charitable organization. The Dictionary Project is a national group that provides dictionaries for third-graders thanks to private donations. The organization’s Kansas City chapter oversees dictionary presentations to third-graders throughout the metropolitan area.
“Seeing how happy the third graders were was a great experience,” said Mandi Murphy, LSNHS National Honor Society treasurer who coordinated the high-school students’ involvement. “I think it’s important for Lee’s Summit North to be involved with the Dictionary Project because we are shaping our future students. Even with just one visit, we were able to reach out to approximately 90 future Lee’s Summit North students.”
Mandi added that the Dictionary Project helps younger students become more enthusiastic about reading and writing. “My school was fortunate enough to be a part of the Dictionary Project when I was in third grade,” she said, “and I remember being excited to take my dictionary home to show my parents how I use it. In fact, I still have my dictionary as a senior in high school.”
The presentations at Richardson were coordinated by Cynthia Kaleikau, Richardson third-grade teacher.
“Richardson third graders were so excited to receive their dictionaries,” Mrs. Kaleikau said. “Their faces lit up with excitement as the LSN Honor Society representatives placed them on desks.”
The Richardson students will keep the dictionaries in their desks or book boxes throughout the school year and use them as they edit their writing.
“Students were directed to explore them together as these dictionaries include extra information such as the longest word in the English language,” Mrs. Kaleikau added. “It has 1,909 letters!”
Lee’s Summit North is the only high school in the Kansas City area supporting this effort. Students discovered the charity a few years ago, viewing it as a way to give back to the local schools and help younger students. This is the fourth year that LSNHS students have given dictionaries to the Richardson third-graders.
Following the presentations, Mrs. Kaleikau said the third graders shared how special they felt when they learned that the high-school students had raised the money to purchase the dictionaries.
Sarah Welsh (left), LSNHS National Honor Society president, and Tori Kelly, National Honor Society historian, present dictionaries to third-graders.
LSNHS student Mandi Murphy talks to students about their new dictionaries.
LSNHS student Tori Kelly helps present dictionaries to elementary students.
Mandi Murphy, LSNHS National Honor Society treasurer, and Tofer Frostestad, National Honor Society vice president, talk to third-graders about the Dictionary Project.