Dictionaries delivered to county 3rd graders

Students at Hurlock Elementary School were excited to receive dictionaries from the Rotary Club of Cambridge.

Students at Hurlock Elementary School were excited to receive dictionaries from the Rotary Club of Cambridge.

The Rotary Club of Cambridge recently completed its annual “Dictionary Project,” delivering dictionaries to approximately 400 Dorchester County 3rd graders.
The program, which began under the leadership of Roger Harrell, Club president in 2003-2004, has run continuously for 16 years. During those years, close to 6,500 dictionaries have been presented to students, some whom do not own another book.

Rotarians visited the 7 Dorchester County elementary schools sharing with the 3rd graders information about Rotary and what it means to be a Rotarian. They also spoke about dictionaries and all you can use them for, from spelling words to finding meanings.

Beyond the normal dictionary information, the Rotarians pointed out the other information their books provide. The students looked in the back of their books to see information about the 50 states, the US Presidents, world information, sign language and much, much more.

In many cases, before leaving, the Rotarians enjoy playing word games with the students, providing a word and having the first student to find the word read the page number and definition. Members watch as the young people work intently trying to be the first to find the word. Teachers have commented, over the years, how important the dictionaries are to their students.

Since Past Rotary District Governor Art Goetz shared the dictionary project idea to the Clubs in District 7630, most of the Clubs have gotten involved with the schools in their areas. The Project is additionally significant as Rotary International Presidents have improved world wide literacy as a goal to achieve.

Chaired by Club Vice President Jodi Garvin, the program coordinates with the Board of Education and school principals to assure the students receive their dictionaries. Rotarians all agree it is one of the most beneficial activities the Club does to help our future generation.

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