Kean Miller LLP Delivers the Power of Words to Local Third-Grade Students

More than six-thousand third-grade students in the Capitol Region received a personal dictionary from Kean Miller LLP on December 9, 2010.  Kean Miller LLP lawyers and paralegals delivered the “power of words” to third-grade classrooms in every elementary school in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge and Iberville Parish on “Dictionary Day.”  According to educators, third-grade students are “reading to learn" instead of "learning to read,” making a personal dictionary a critical education resource for children who may not have access to a dictionary outside of the classroom environment.

"Dictionary Day" was held on Thursday, December 9, 2010 in the Kean Miller LLP Conference Center.  The firm's lawyers and staff heard opening remarks from East Baton Rouge Parish School System representative Paula Johnson and Iberville Superintendent David Carona.    After the opening remarks, lawyers and staff from Kean Miller LLP delivered their personalized bags of dictionaries to every public elementary school in the Greater Baton Rouge community.   

From 2002 to 2010, more than 70,000 children in Louisiana have received a dictionary through the Kean Miller LLP Dictionary Project.  The firm will also deliver dictionaries to more than 1,000 students in Calcasieu Parish in January 2011.  

“As lawyers, we know the power of words.  The Kean Miller LLP Dictionary Project provides an important educational resource for children in our community.  This is another way for our firm to give back to Baton Rouge.  Without our project, many school children may not have access to the meaning of words during a critical phase of educational development.  Many of these kids have access to a dictionary in the classroom, but we want to give them this gift to take home, keep, and use year-round,” says Gary A. Bezet, managing partner of the 130-lawyer firm.   

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