MISSION: 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 Rotarians to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.
VISION: Through individual Rotary Clubs, we want to provide a personalized dictionary to every third grade student in District 6110. In this way we hope to help them to improve their communication skills and make the most of their education.
Since 2004, over 964,802 children have received dictionaries through our District’s project! District 6110's goal is to provide a personalized dictionary for every third grade student, and to do this each and every year.
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“Third graders are at the perfect age to have a dictionary of their own. In 2nd grade they are too young, and in 4th they have already started writing and forming habits not easily changed.”
“The nameplate was such a great idea! They loved seeing their name imprinted on it, and with your club name also they will remember you for years to come.”
“I only had 3 children out of 26 who had a dictionary at home. So the books not only reached the kids that needed them, but also their families.”
Teacher, Carthage, MO
“The Rotarians are doing more than their share in helping develop America’s future – our youth. Thank you.”
Jenks School Supt.
“I could tell you really cared for the children by the way you spoke to each of them.”
“Can you imagine a 9-year old receiving his very first book? You might think that couldn’t happen in America. But it can and does, often, as Rotarians go about reaching children who have been ignored by most of the literacy safety nets.”
Past District Governor
“Our students do not have books at home. Having their own dictionary will improve learning potential and I know the parents also appreciate your caring attitude as you personally handed each child their own copy.”
“We appreciate the work you do in support of our educational efforts. When you come to the schools and share your leadership as businessmen, the children develop a better understanding of the world around them.”
Principal, Mitchell Elementary
“The children are always amazed that we have personalized their dictionary by putting a nameplate inside the front cover with their name on it. I don't know who benefits most from the event, the children or the Rotarians.”