Livingston-Tangipahoa community photo gallery for Oct. 22, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Sandra Madere -- Mater Dolorosa Elementary School third-graders receiving Dictionary Project dictionaries from the Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community Busy Bees, in front from left, are Brayden Hernandez, Gaven Truxillo, Kaylyn Jackson, Sarah Gandolfo, Savannah Canale, Adrianna Castillo and Clara Livingston; and back row, Riley Powell, Dane DiVittorio, Nicholas Trapen, Chase Langzettle, Emma Day, Mariah Wright, Luca Costa, Madison Franicevic, Zachary Langston and Brayden Santangelo. In back are Busy Bees President Sandra Madere, left, and Busy Bees Literacy Chair Terry Voight. Not pictured are Ryan Alford and Drake Smith.

The Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community Busy Bees, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, recently visited Karen Wilder’s third-grade class at Mater Dolorosa Elementary School in Independence and presented the 2015 edition of the Dictionary Project dictionary.

Since 1995, 19 million free dictionaries have been given to third-graders in the United States. The program began in Charleston, South Carolina, by Mary French in 1995 as a way for each child to have his or her own personal reference book for school and home use.

Anyone interested in providing dictionaries to schools in Tangipahoa Parish can call (985) 748-9381.

For more information about the Dictionary Project, visit