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CLEVELAND -- Hundreds of children in two Cleveland neighborhoods have been givena key to building their reading and writing skills.

Four hundred students were given dictionaries as part of the first annual Dictionary Project. Every third grade student at 11 elementary schools in the Old Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods received a dictionary.

The schools involved in this year's project were:

• Charles A. Mooney Elementary
• Old Brooklyn Community Elementary
• Mary Queen of Peace
• St. Mary's Grade School
• Pearl Academy
• Horizon Science Academy
• Benjamin Franklin Elementary
• Luther Memorial School
• William Cullen Bryant Elementary
• St. Leo Grade School

Old Brooklyn Buzz says it is hoping to buy the dictionaries every year for third graders to help them become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers. The organization hopes to be able to expand the program in the future.

Teachers say the third grade is the critical age when the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn is reached for most students.

Old Brooklyn Buzz, a grass roots organization in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, teamed up with Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, Brooklyn-Cleveland Kiwanis Club, and Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe to raise awareness about the project and the funding to make it happen.