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Marcia Bossart, Chair
A number of clubs in District 7510 have adopted a Dictionary Project as one of their New Generations services to the community. Typically, the clubs distribute dictionaries to third graders in their communities. Some clubs give out a thesaurus instead of or along with a dictionary. Other clubs give out a Spanish/English dictionary to immigrant children to help them learn English more quickly, or to help their non-English speaking parents also learn English.
These (and others) are choices that clubs make based on their community student populations. The most important choice is the decision to undertake the project.
District 7510 Participation - 2012-2013
1308 average distribution
5443 largest distribution (Elizabeth)
174 smallest distribution (Clinton-Sunrise)
[See list of participating clubs below]
The Dictionary Project, Inc.
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.
With the support of local sponsors and volunteers, we want to provide a dictionary to every student in the United States. In this way we hope to help them to improve their communication skills and make the most of their education. Many of our sponsors are also taking the Dictionary Project beyond the United States, to help improve literacy worldwide.
The idea for The Dictionary Project began in 1992 when Annie Plummer of Savannah, Georgia, gave 50 dictionaries to children who attended a school close to her home. Each year she continued to give this gift, raising money to help give more and more books so that in her lifetime she raised enough money to buy 17,000 dictionaries for children in Savannah. She and her late husband Arno French formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Association in 1995, along with a Board of Directors. Arno served as president, Mary became the director of the Association, and The Dictionary Project was born.
Since its implementation in 1995, over 17 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the same need in communities all over the United States.