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Jun 22, 2010 7:37 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Dictionaries delivered at elementary schools

Jun 22, 2010 7:37 PM

About 200 dictionaries entered the hands—and will hopefully influence the minds—of young readers, writers and thinkers
this spring as the East Hampton Rotary Club renewed its
participation in the Dictionary Project, which donates the reference staples to third-grade students.

Nationally, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs have traditionally been sponsors of the nonprofit organization that aims to give a dictionary to every student in the United States in order to make them “good writers, active readers and creative thinkers,” according to the Dictionary Project web site.

East Hampton Rotary Club member Pat Gilchrest chaired the project with member Mary Siska and said the Rotary participated in the program years ago and with its renewal is hoping it will be an annual event. In the months of May and June this year, club members delivered dictionaries to third-graders in Montauk, Springs, Amagansett and John M. Marshall Elementary in East Hampton.

“This year we got a late start,” she said. “Next year we hope to have them out in September so the students will have them to work with all year.”

The last delivery of the year was made on Monday at the John Marshall school’s annual awards ceremony and students and parents cheered as Ms. Gilchrest said each third-grader would go home with a paperback Webster’s Dictionary. One dictionary was given out on stage to third-grader Pierre Bourie and the rest of the dictionaries were distributed in classrooms.

Since 1995, when the national Dictionary Project began, more than 9.5 million children have received dictionaries, according to the web site.

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...and I was worried that they couldn't possibly have access to a dictionary via the web or as an app on an i-touch.
By Hambone (514), New York on Jun 23, 10 11:00 PM
Go to dictionary.com -- it's free and available to everyone. Including third graders.
By bailey (52), East Hampton on Jun 28, 10 11:24 AM