Beginning October 27, members of the District 5110 Rotary Clubs will be visiting classrooms in our area to present dictionaries to each third grade student. The annual presentation of dictionaries in the schools coincides with the October birthday of Noah Webster, the father of the American dictionary. Third grade is the grade in which dictionaries are introduced into the curriculum, and these dictionaries are gifts to the students to use at school and at home for years to come.
Rotary’s presentation of dictionaries in our area is part of a larger state-wide and national effort called “The Dictionary Project”. To date, more than 9.2 million children nationwide have received dictionaries thanks to the tireless efforts and generous contributions of organizations including Rotary, the Grange, Kiwanis, Lions, and some sororities whose members have made a personal commitment to improving literacy and the quality of life in their communities. The Dictionary Project began in 1995 as the brainchild of Mary French, who spread her vision of providing every third grader, every year, with a dictionary to keep and use.
The goal of The Dictionary Project is to assist all third grade students to complete the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing the students with their own personal dictionary.