2015 Dictionary Project Highlights

Over 850 dictionaries were delivered to 3rd graders this year, thanks to Muskogee Rotary Club and a grant from District 6110.Martin Updike, project chair, said the goal of the program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary.

Rotarian Rene’e Fredrick, who helped deliver dictionaries, said the students were thrilled when she told them to open to page one and put their names on the Rotary Club labels because the books now belonged to them.

“One little girl was extremely excited to let me know that her older sister had one and she couldn’t wait to tell her that she now had her own,” said Fredrick. She said they also enjoyed turning to page 373 to see the longest word.

Approximately 25 Rotarians helped label the dictionaries and deliver them to Muskogee, Hilldale, Ft. Gibson, Oktaha, St. Joseph and Boulevard Christian Schools.

25 to 30 Rotarians assisted in sorting, labeling, and distribution the books to the 14 area elementary schools.

About the Dictionary Project:

The dictionary project (www.dictionaryproject.org) was started in 1992 by Annie Plummer in Savannah, GA. She started with distributing 50 dictionaries to students in her neighborhood and within three years the project grew to distributing dictionaries to most of the 3rd graders in South Carolina. Since it’s implementation, over 18 million 3rd students have received a dictionary in communities throughout the US. This has been possible through the support of Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Elks Lodges, Granges, Lions Clubs, The Republican Federation of Women, Pioneer volunteers, who have adopted the dictionary project in their communities.

Mission Statement of The Dictionary Project:

The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.