Dictionary Projects

Marcia Bossart, Chair

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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 

28 clubs

35,314 dictionaries 

1308 average distribution

5443 largest distribution (Elizabeth)

174 smallest distribution (Clinton-Sunrise)

[See list of participating clubs below]

The Dictionary Project, Inc.

Mission Statement

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.

Vision

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.

History

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.

The Dictionary Project website
Talking Points for Dictionary Presentations to Third Graders

2012-2013 Sponsor

Total

Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights

635

Rotary Club of Bound Brook-Middlesex

574

Rotary Club of Clinton Sunrise

174

Rotary Club of Cranford

988

Rotary Club of Dunellen-Green Brook

463

Rotary Club of Elizabeth

5443

Rotary Club of Fanwood Scotch Plains

879

Rotary Club of Hamilton

2638

Rotary Club of Hightstown S. Brunswick

2996

Rotary Club of Hillsborough Township

1123

Rotary Club of Mountainside

266

Rotary Club of New Brunswick

3255

Rotary Club of North Hunterdon

983

Rotary Club of Piscataway

531

Rotary Club of Plainfield N. Plainfield

1974

Rotary Club of Princeton

766

Rotary Club of Princeton Corridor

710

Rotary Club of Roselle-Roselle Park

435

Rotary Club of S River E Brunswick

861

Rotary Club of Somerville, Bridgewater

1765

Rotary Club of South Amboy Sayreville

710

Rotary Club of Springfield

437

Rotary Club of Summit New Providence

1010

Rotary Club of Trenton

2881

Rotary Club of Union

1065

Rotary Club of Watchung-Warren

912

Rotary Club of Woodbridge Perth Amboy

840

Total

35314