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Vinton Kiwanis bring Dictionaries to Tilford Elementary

The Vinton Kiwanis Club continues to hand out "A Student's Dictionary" the Vinton-Shellsburg School District's 3rd graders.  The dictionaries contain definitions of course as well as other important tidbits of information.

On Wednesday, Vinton's Kiwanis members delivered the books to the 3rd-graders at Tilford Elementary. Lexa Spiedel pointed out some information in the dictionaries, including telling students where to read the longest word in the English language, which takes nearly a full page at the back of the book. It looks like this. 

Methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalanylalanylglutaminylleucyllysylglutanylarginyllysylglutamylglysylalanylphenylalanylvalylprolylphenylalanylyalylthreonylleucylglcycylaspartylprolylglicylisoleucyglutamylglutamimlserylleucyllysylisoleucylaspartylthreonylleucylisoleucylglutamylalanylglyclyalanylaspartylalanylleucyglutamylleucylgluycylisoleucylproluylphenylalanyserylaspartyprolylleucelalanylaspartylglycylprolylthreonylisolleucyglutaminylasparagimylalanythreonylleucylarginylalanylphenylalanylalanylalanylglycylvalylthreonylprolylalanylglutaminylcysteinylphenylalanylglglutamylmthionylleucalanylleucylisoleucylarginylglutaninyllysylhistidylpooyuthreonyoisoleucylprolylisoleuclglycylleucylleucylmethiolnyltyrosylalanylasbaraginylleucylvalylphenylalanylsparaginyyllysylglycylisoleucylaspartylglutamylphenylalanylyltyrosylalanylglutaminylcysteinylglutamyllysylvalylglycylvalylspartylserylvalylleucylvallalanylaspartylvalylprolylvalvlglutaminylglutamylserylalanylprolyiphenylalalrginylglutaminylalanylalanylleucylarginylhistidylasparaginylvalylalalprlylisoleucylphenylalanylisoleucylcysteinylprolyprolylaspartylalanylaspartyspartyleucylleucylarginylglutaminylisoleucylalanylseryltyroslglycylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylserylarginlalanylglycylvalylthreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginylarginylanylalanylleucylprolylleucylaspaaginylhitidylleucylvalylalanyllysylleucyllysylglutamyltyrosylasparagimylalanylalanyprolylprolylleucylglutaminylglycyphenlalanylglycylisoleyucylserylalanylprolylaspartymgmutaminylvalyllysylalanylalanylisoleucylalspartylalanylglycylalanylalanylglycylalanylasoleucylserylglycylserylalanylisoleucylbalyllysylisoleucylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylhistidylasparaginlisoleucylglutamylpronylgluotamyllysylmethionylluecylalanylalanyoeucyllysylvalylphenylalanylvalylglutamilylprolylmethionyllysylalanylalanylthreonylarginylserine

The longest word contains 1,909 letters. It is the term for the formula C1289H2051N343O375S8, a protein that consists of 267 amino acids. The students spent several minutes reading through the dictionaries, trying to pronounce that word, practicing the sign language signals and sharing other information with classmates. Dictionary Day is one of the unique days that third-grade students look forward to every year.

Club members pay for the dictionaries, which also include information about states, some basic sign language and many other reference items. Events like handing out the dictionaries are among other events that the Kiwanis participate in including the Easter Egg Hunt.


Thanks Lexa Spiedel

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