Rotary Presents Dictionaries to Third Graders
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River purchased more than 800 dictionaries for all third grade students in Lakewood and Rocky River schools. Club members took the dictionaries into the classrooms to deliver them personally and to spend time talking to the students about how Rotary is active in their communities and internationally. Jay Rounds was the project chairperson.
Students and teachers alike are very appreciative of the gift, and each year the club receives hundreds of letters and thank you cards from the students. The students mention their favorite sections of the dictionary and how they have begun to use the dictionary in their classrooms. The first page of each dictionary is stamped with the club’s name and a copy of the Four-Way Test of Rotary.
Since 2005, the club has presented dictionaries to over 9,000 students. The dictionaries are published by The Dictionary Project. A nonprofit organization, its goal is to assist all students to become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing them with a gift of their own personal dictionary.
The dictionary features over 32,000 words with simple, child-friendly definitions, plus pronunciation and parts of speech, and includes additional information about punctuation, the nine parts of speech, a map of the United States, and more. The back of the book has over 150 pages of supplemental information such as the Constitution of the U.S. and world maps.