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4.26.13 Rio Dictionary

4.26.13 Rio Dictionary

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For more information, contact:
Jim Greer  AT&T WisconsinOffice: 608-252-2846Mobile: 414-520-6398 jim.greer@att.com 
Rio Third Graders Learn About Legislative Process fromRep. Ripp, Receive Donated Dictionaries from AT&T toHelp Further Education
RIO, WIS., Friday, April 26, 2013
Nearly 40 third graders at Rio Elementary School learnedtoday about the legislative process from State Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi), their representative at the State Capitol in Madison. The students also received donateddictionaries from the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers to help them further their education through astatewide project designed to improve childhood literacy and student reading scores.
―Today’s event was a neat opportunity for our students to not only meet their state
representative, but to also learn about the legislative process and how state government
works,‖ said
Craig Vetter, Principal of Rio
Elementary School. ―It was also a great way to
introduce our third graders to the dictionary
 –
an important educational tool they will usethroughout their lives. Thanks to the AT&T Pioneers, our students now have their very own
personal dictionary to help them further their education.‖
During the event, Rep. Ripp talked with the students about the legislative process in Madison,how a bill becomes a law, the importance of the U.S. Constitution, and how the dictionary willbe a lifelong learning tool that will help them in their academic and work careers. The AT&TWisconsin Pioneers donated personal dictionaries to the students and explained how thebooks can be used to learn vocabulary development, word pronunciation, the differentmeanings of words, and how to compare and contrast words.
Rio Elementary School does an excellent job educating and preparing its students to become
successful and productive members of our communities,‖ said Rep.
Ripp
. ―Our children are
 
our future leaders, and we need to make sure they have the tools and skills they need to be
successful. These dictionaries will be a terrific resource for them as they grow and learn.‖
 The AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers are donating over 7,500 dictionaries this school year tostudents at more than 125 schools statewide as part of its 8
th
 
 Annual ―Dictionaries for Success‖
program. The Pioneers are a local volunteer organization of AT&T employees and retireesdedicated to volunteering their time to various community causes.Schools in Dodgeville, Altoona, Appleton, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Beloit, Janesville andMadison are among the more than 100 schools statewide that will receive donated dictionariesfrom the Pioneers in 2012.
―At AT&T, we are committed to helping advance the education of our young people,‖ said
Robyn Gruner, Director 
of External Affairs for AT&T Wisconsin and a local Pioneer. ―That’s
why we have not only invested in this Dictionary Project, but also in initiatives like our Aspireprogram that is dedicated to helping graduate more high school students prepared for college
and careers. We’re proud to partner with Rep.
Ripp, Rio Elementary and education leadersacross Wisconsin to provide our students with the tools they need to become our future
leaders.‖
The AT&T Aspire program, with more than 1 million students impacted since its launch in2008, is one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping students graduate highschool prepared for college and careers. AT&T announced a new quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program in March, bringing the tota
l commitment to $350 million. Wisconsin’s
 Aspire investment has amounted to $1,271,465 since 2008, with the Boys & Girls Club of 
Green Bay, the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, the Milwaukee Public Schools, and
the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District all receiving funding.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
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