Selbyville, Del., May 2—The excitement was palpable—several children raised their hands to describe what a “dictionary” is. “It’s used to look up words,” said the girl in the front row.
The children from Philip Showell Elementary School were very happy on Friday, April 29, to write their names on their very own new dictionaries—in traditional paperback form—which they’ll be able to take home with them.
While accustomed to using their online dictionaries, the third graders seemed delighted to turn the pages and see the words and the pictures in their new hard-copy books.
The dictionary donations were part of a philanthropic effort organized by the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club, and coordinated by Elaine Butler, a member of the club. Butler worked with school administrators to zero in on which books the children might appreciate most. Given that civics is a core subject in third grade, three civics titles were chosen, in addition to the dictionaries.
"I was very pleased to see the reception and how appreciative the students were of the individual dictionaries both in English and Spanish/English,” said Elaine Butler, organizer of the event. “I was also impressed with how enthusiastic they were in learning about the civic reference books that we gifted for their classroom libraries."
In total, the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club donated 130 books to the Philip Showell third graders.
The Mamie Eisenhower Library Project is continuing the tradition of providing books that reflect the beliefs of self-reliance, freedom, and independence.
About the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project (MELP)
In 1961, the National Federation of Republican Women established the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project as a memorial honoring the former First Lady who served for decades as a military wife and prepared the family home for over 30 moves during President Eisenhower’s military service to our country. Born in Iowa and moving to the South as a child, Mrs. Eisenhower was active in financial decisions in her home and often said that a woman’s independence was based upon her own ability to save money. The NFRW is celebrating 60 years of book donations from an approved list to schools, libraries, hospitals and other public institutions. Local Republican Federated Women’s Clubs continue this generous tradition throughout the country.
About the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club
It is the mission of the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club to assist in the election of Republican candidates, act as an advocate for the Republican Party’s principles, and empower women to participate in the political process. SCRWC, the largest Republican Women’s Club in Delaware, has been actively engaging women in the political process for more than seven decades.
Marilyn Booker, President, Sussex County Republican Women’s Club, firstname.lastname@example.org