The project is a national one and according to local Rotarians, it is one of club's favorites. Its only purpose is to place dictionaries into the hands of every third grade student throughout the country.
Reports from Rotary show that most children don't own a dictionary, and don't have access to one in their home. Rotary selected third-graders to receive them because they are at the age at which dictionary skills are usually taught. Without a dictionary, it is hard for students to do their best work. By providing this tool to the students, teachers are helping them become active readers, good writers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners, according to information received from Rotary.
The project was deemed an immediate success and in 1997, "The Dictionary Project" developed its mission to include not only third-grade students in South Carolina but all third-graders in the United States.
According to Rotary records, around the years 2000-2001, the late Dr. Bob Lamb, former Rotarian and teacher with the Kennett School system, saw a need for the project in our area and implemented it here.
There are other organizations in the country, like the Kennett Rotary Club, who have joined "The Dictionary Project."