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October 26, 2010 > Students receive free dictionaries and thesauruses

Students receive free dictionaries and thesauruses

Submitted By Rick La Plante

As he has for the past four years, local real estate agent Sunil Sethi is making certain that every third-grade student in the New Haven Unified School District has a dictionary. And this year, recalling his own school experience, Mr. Sethi is supplying the students with thesauruses, too.

With help from a handful of partners, Mr. Sethi purchased more than 900 dictionaries and thesauruses that he delivered on October 22 to students at each of New Haven Unified's seven elementary schools.

"We've upgraded the dictionaries this year and I decided to buy thesauruses, too, because I remembered how helpful they were when I was in school and just starting to write essays," said Mr. Sethi. "I also wanted to reward the students for raising the District's standardized test scores again because that helps home values, too."

According to Superintendent Kari McVeigh, New Haven schools place a primary focus on literacy, particularly writing, "Literacy is our emphasis, and we've found that when students focus on writing, achievement in other subjects improves, too," Ms. McVeigh said. "We're thankful that Mr. Sethi shares our vision and we're grateful to him and his partners for their continued generosity."

Partnering with Mr. Sethi this year are the Fremont Elks Lodge, Hillview Crest Elementary teacher and part-time real estate agent Steven Fong, and local insurance agent Kristie Turner.

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