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Ryan McQuiston of the Wadena Elks hands out new dictionaries with the help of 3rd grade teacher Richard Wegscheid, left, and Superintendent Todd Cameron. The Wadena Elks donated 264 dictionaries to 3rd graders in area schools.

Third graders handed valuable classroom tool

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New York Mills 3rd graders now have an important educational tool in their hands.

Ryan McQuiston of the Wadena Elks showed up at NY Mills Elementary on Monday to give each 3rd grader (48 total) his or her own dictionary.

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This is the first year the Elks provided dictionaries and McQuiston told the students he hopes the Elks can continue the gesture each year. He said the dictionary is designed for 3rd graders and the Elks donated a total of 264 to students in Mills, Wadena, Sebeka, Verndale, and Bertha.

"Reading is very, very important. No matter how old you are, you will always need to read," McQuiston said. "This will help out at a young age and is a tool to help you become better readers."

The students in Mr. Wegscheid's and Mrs. Rud's classes were excited to receive the dictionaries and immediately wrote their names inside the front cover where it read, "This book belongs to:"

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