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Rotary Club continues annual dictionary project

Friday, November 30, 2012

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In an effort to encourage literacy, the Kennett Rotary Club on Thursday, Nov. 29, visited area schools to present the third-grade classes with their very own dictionaries.

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.

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Staff photos by Donnie Shelton (Below) Local Rotarians distribute dictionaries to third-grade students at South Elementary School in Kennett on Thursday, Nov. 30. (Above) Members of the Kennett Rotary Club pose for a photo with South Elementary School administrators Kim Johnson and Roland Johnson. Pictured from left are Leah Mobley, Kim Lowry, Carl Williams, Emily Modlin, Roland Johnson, Steve McElwrath, JoNell Minton, Roger Wheeler, and Jonathan Mays.
"The Dictionary Project," was officially started in 1995 at Charleston, S.C., when Mary French and her husband, who were parents themselves--as well as volunteers in the local school system--saw that there was a need for dictionaries to be given out to students in the area.

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."



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