Today, the Clarke County Education Foundation (CCEF) was proud to again award all third-grade students in Clarke County with their very own dictionary.  The dictionaries were paid for by an endowment from funds raised under the leadership of John Friant, Sr.

The John R. Friant Dictionary Project came to fruition as a collaborative effort between the CCEF, the family of John Friant, Sr., the Clarke County Library Council, and the Clarke County Public Schools in 2004.  As of today, CCEF has awarded over 2,700 dictionaries to 3rd grade students over the last 15 years!  This year, 181 dictionaries were awarded to students at Boyce Elementary, DG Cooley Elementary, Powhatan, and Keystone Baptist.  The CCEF also has dictionaries available for any home-schooled 3rd graders in their office.

The dictionary is an essential tool for a quality education.  The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners.  Third grade is the dividing line between learning to read, and reading to learn!  Literacy is the key to success!

Established in 1991, the Clarke County Education Foundation is an independent public charity 501(c)(3) corporation that is dedicated to promoting, expanding, and augmenting the educational opportunities for students and staff in the Clarke County Public Schools, by generating private support and involvement to enhance these publicly maintained services.  To learn more about The Dictionary Project or the Clarke County Education Foundation please visit or contact Beth Williams, CCEF Executive Director, at 540-692-9687 or

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