The Cleveland School Rotary Club visited several area schools in late September and early October, distributing student dictionaries to third-graders as part of the Dictionary Project. Dictionaries are a part of the third-grade curriculum, and teachers put them to immediate use upon their distribution. The schools visited included Cleveland Elementary, McGee’s Crossroads Elementary, Polenta Elementary, and Dixon Road Elementary.
The Dictionary Project, founded in 1992, seeks to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The project focuses on third graders because third grade is commonly identified by educators as a pivotal time in children’s literary learning.