What would normally be a quiet and empty Elks Lodge on Thursday morning saw trucks, cars and members converge in the parking lot. Elks members were soon loading 2,400 dictionaries into their vehicles to deliver them to 18 schools throughout Madera Unified School District and Golden Valley Unified School District.
Three teams of local Elks visited the nearly 100 third grade classrooms and personally handed a dictionary to each student. Also joining the convoy to the classrooms was Elroy, the Elks’ drug awareness mascot. In addition to the dictionaries, each student received a drug awareness bookmark. Dictionaries and bookmarks were left for students that were absent.
According to project coordinator Timi Milor, this is the fifth year of the program by the lodge and members have distributed more than 12,000 dictionaries.
“The dictionary project goes to the heart of the Madera Elks because education of our youth is the lifeblood of our community and country,” Milor said...