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Giving the gift of knowledge
Group distributes dictionaries
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Cameron Wallace, 9, flips through his new student dictionary, while Caleb Dyer, 8, practices sign language from a how-to-guide inside the book. Both are third grade students at Black’s Mill Elementary School. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

A local group that promotes literacy spent a day last week handing out dictionaries to third grade students who go to school in Dawson County.


Volunteers with the Reading Education Association of Dawson County distributed 273 student dictionaries Sept. 29.


The group’s executive director, Sandy Lipkowitz, addressed a classroom of third graders at Black’s Mill Elementary before handing out the books.


“What we’re trying to do is provide tools for all of you, so that you’ll make good grades,” Lipkowitz said. “We’re also working really hard to improve literacy all over the county.”


The non-profit organization also donated dictionaries to inmates at the Dawson County Detention Center and students of the Adult Education Center.


BB&T was a partner with the organization in its efforts.


Mandy Power, financial officer at the Dawsonville BB&T, said the bank has a “mission of helping the communities in which we work and live...what better way than to give our future Dawson County leaders tools to improve their education?”


According to Lipkowitz, one of the goals of the Reading Education Association of Dawson County is “to assist all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers.”


For more information about the Reading Education Association of Dawson County, e-mail