In October the Daniel Island Rotary Club participated in the annual Dictionary Project once again which gives area 3rd graders an opportunity to own their own personal dictionary. This year the club delivered these dictionaries to 3 of the area elementary schools: Daniel Island Elementary, Philip Simmons Elementary, and Cainhoy Elementary. All in all there were about 235 dictionaries donated between the 3 schools.
Rotarians Chris Mingledorff and Pat Richards deliver to Philip Simmons Elementary
The mission of the Dictionary Project, which began back in 1992 in Savannah, GA, 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, hence the reason a majority of sponsors donate to these classes.
Rotarians deliver to Daniel Island Elementary. From L to R: Bill Cannon, John Granozio, Rex Brown, DI Principal Kori Brown, Peter Mumola, Chip Law and Bill Stevens.
Since it’s implementation, over 18 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the same need in communities all over the United States. The program has been adopted and refined by individuals, businesses, and civic organizations all over the country. Groups such as Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Elks Lodges, Granges, Lions Clubs, The Republican Federation of Women, Pioneer volunteers, parent organizations, and many more.
We at the Daniel Island Rotary Club are very honored to once again be a part of this wonderful project and look forward to supporting it in the years to come.