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PAGE 6B  " October 9, 2013 _H0000iSorter Spotlight on T.6. Scott Elementary The Reporter features news from a different county school each week. Email school news to Diane Glidewell at Coming up next week: K.B. Sutton Elementary 'Winn Dixie' comes to T. G. Scott Elem. BY CASSANDRA OGLETREE, Media Specialist Third grade students at T. G. Scott Elementary School enjoyed a visit from Kevin Truitt of Diamond Cut Kennels on Sept. 13. Mr. Truitt and his daugh- ter, Alivia, a third grader, demon- strated training methods with sev- eral dogs. They used voice commands and hand signals to get the dogs to obey basic com- mands as well as climb an A-frame and a ladder. Truitt also showed the group one dog's protective skills using Alivia. This was a great stranger safety lesson for the chil- dren. Mr. Truitt trains dogs for military service people and also does pet training. His visit coincided with the third grade's current unit on narrative story elements, using the book "Because of Winn Above, T. G. Scott third graders enjoy meeting puppies who are destined to become service dogs. Left, Kevin Truitt of Diamond Cut Kennels in Forsyth brought some of his dogs to visit the school as classes were studying "Because of Winn Dixie," the story of the difference a rescued dog makes in a child's life. Dixie." Mr. Truitt brought a rescue dog and dis- cussed many of the problems that the dog had had when he was found. This was rele- vant to our study because these problems were very similar to the dog we read about. The students got to pet and hold Belgian Malinois shepherd pup- pies that will one day be trained for service. Many thanks go out to Mr. Truitt and the dogs he shared with us; the students learned a lot from our special guests. Kindergartner Ellis wins state-wide art contest T. G. Scott kindergarten student Laurel Ellis's entry in the Peanut Postcard Con- test sponsored by the Jimmy Carter N.H.S. Education Program was a winner. Laurel's postcard, based on the theme "Peanuts: Our World in a Nutshell," was chosen as the first place winner in the annual contest from among all kinder- garten artwork. Laurel was be recognized at the Plains Peanut Festival on Satur- day, Sept. 28, and received her award from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Her artwork will be on display at the Plains High School Museum. TGS is very proud of Laurel for such a great accomplishment! She is pictured with President Jimmy Carter at the Plains Peanut Festival. T.G. Scott art chosen for state bus safety contest T. G. Scott has three stu- dents whose artwork has been selected to represent Monroe County in the statewide Bus Safety Contest, Stu- dents were asked to cre- ate an art- work which reflected the theme "At my Stop - You Stop". The winning posters were created by Ethan Najera (kindergarten), Maela McKallip (first grade), and Alyssa Green (fourth grade). Congratulations to these students for their accom- plishments in art, and we wish them great success in the statewide competition! 5K benefits MP students The Give 5 Club at Mary Persons High School is hosting a "Running for Resources" 5K road race to bene- fit Monroe County students in need on Saturday, Nov. 2, with a fun run at 8:30 a.m. and 5K at 9 a.m. Cost of the race is $20. To pre-register visit or to print out a race form and mail it to the school. You can register the day of the race. Give 5 needs sponsors for the race and volunteers. Race shirts are guaranteed for pre-registered participants. Join the fun and help students succeed in Monroe County! Oh, the words they will learn! Monroe County ACE gives dictionaries to 3rd graders BY DIANE GLIDEWELL Monroe County Adult and Community Education (ACE) con- tinued its tradition of presenting dictionaries to every 3rd grade stu- dent in the Monroe County school system this year, with the financial support of Robins Federal Credit Union. ACE gave the first dictionaries for 2013 to all of the approximately 140 third graders at T.G. Scott Elementary on Sep. 24 in an assembly in the gym. ACE executive direc- tor Dawn Freelin and board members Jennifer Porter, Jeff Thompson, Debbie Melton, Sandy Colwell, Susan Hewett, and Jody White placed a dictionary in the hands of each student as he or she entered the gym. Porter told the students that ACE gave them the dictionaries because "we want you to do well on your studies." White asked the third graders if they knew what "literacy" means. They gave some good answers and looked up the word in their new dictionaries to find the definition, "reading, writing and being well-edu- cated." White told the T.G. Scott stu- dents that knowing how to use a dic- tionary meant being able to Left to right, Susan Hewett, Jody White, Jeff Thompson, Jennifer, and Dawn Freelin show the dictionaries they distributed to all 3rd graders at T.G. Scott. communi- cate well. He told them to find the label on the inside front cover of their dic- tionaries and write their names and gradua- tion date (2023) there. He told them they would find the longest word in the English language in their dictionaries. White told the third graders they would need to persevere to graduate from high school in 2023. The children found the word "presevere" on page 238 of their new dictionar- ies and its meaning, "to work to accomplish a goal despite difficul- ties." ACE will also distrib- Jody White of Robins Federal Credit Union tells T.G> Scott 3rd graders they need to persevere to their high school graduation in 2023. ute dictionaries to third grade students at K.B. Sutton Elementary and Hubbard Elementary, for a total of about 350 dictionaries. Later in the school year, ACE will provide each sixth grader in the Monroe County school system with a thesaurus. Freelin said that Robins Federal Credit Union has provided the funds to buy the refer- ence books for Monroe County students for the last two years. She has been able to order the dictionaries from the non-profit The Dictionary Project in Charleston, S.C. for a little over $1.75 each. ACE purchases a few extra copies to give to students who come into the school system after the main distribution and to give to GED stu- dents and Monroe County jail inmates who are studying. "Robins Federal has been great to fund almost all of it," said Freelin.