Putting dictionaries in the hands of each third grader in America. This is the goal of The Dictionary Project. And it's the goal of the Brazil Rotary Club and the Clay County Community Foundation.
On Wednesday, members of the Rotary Club are delivering more than 380 dictionaries to the schools in Clay County.
Each dictionary, "Webster's Dictionary for Students," bears a nameplate for the student to enter his or her name and notes that the dictionary is a gift from these two community organizations.
When delivering the books, the Rotary members are explaining the importance of dictionaries and spelling words correctly. They work with each class to look up a few words.
Beth Tevlin, Community Foundation Executive Director, learned about the Dictionary Project at a state meeting of Indiana community foundations.
"The Community Foundation was looking for an educational project to fulfill the wishes of one of our donors. The James R. Piker, Ada A. Piker and Virginia M. Ginter Memorial Fund established education as its area of interest. The Dictionary Project provides a high impact opportunity to benefit all Clay, Vigo and Sullivan County children."
Started in South Carolina, the Dictionary Project seeks 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 dictionaries. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come.
For more information about the Dictionary Project, see its web site at www.dictionaryproject.org or contact the Wabash Valley Community Foundation at 812-232-2234.