Perhaps there's no present quite as powerful as that of the gift of words.

Just ask third and fourth grade pupils at Slatington Elementary, who were recently the recipients of A Student's Dictionary courtesy of the Central Grange #1650 of Germansville.

The organization donated the dictionary to the school to be used by its 265 students, who were thrilled to receive the book filled with words, definitions, and additional useful facts and information for their personal use.

The goal of the donation - which is a National Grange initiative - is to help students learn to use the English language effectively and to assist them with their education. The initiative also assists teachers in helping students become active readers, good writers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners.

Educational tools such as dictionaries go a long way in a student's education, said Gail Lafferty, Intervention Coordinator, S.A.P. Team, Slatington Elementary.

"Thanks to Central Grange, Slatington Elementary students are well prepared to embark on a bright future," Lafferty said.

The Grange - which meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. - is a family fraternal organization, whereby an entire family can attend meetings and be involved in many ways. Children ages five to 14 conduct their own meetings.

Members are dedicated to the betterment of the American way of life through community service, education, legislation and fellowship. The Grange teaches the values of cooperation, responsibility and service.