Dictionary Project--Abilene





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Abilene, TX

Total Budget: $900

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: Literacy

Summary: Distribution of dictionaries to all 3rd grade students at Abilene Wylie Elementary School

The Dictionary Project concept began in 1992 when Annie Plummer of Savannah, Georgia, gave 50 dictionaries to children who attended a school close to her home. Since its implementation in 1995, over 18 million children have received dictionaries because others saw the same need in communities all over the country. The original goal of providing dictionaries to all third-grade students in South Carolina was met in 1999. In 2002, the Wall Street Journal published a story about the project, and the Dictionary Project took on a national purpose and expanded its mission to include all 50 states.

The program is typically implemented in the third grade, since this is the age when dictionary skills are usually taught. Educators describe third grade as the time when a student transitions from learning to read to reading to learn. In working with the administrators, principal and teachers of Wylie Elementary School in Abilene, the Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club has confirmed the 3rd grade as an appropriate age to give each student a personalized dictionary.

Our goal is to assist all students to become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers. In the spring of 2018,dictionaries were presented to 360 students at Wylie Elementary School, and we see a tremendous appreciation from students in receiving their own dictionary to keep. They exhibit an interest in exploring the words, as well as the other resources such as sign language. Owning their own dictionaries challenges them to learn new words as they begin to broaden their vocabularies and strengthen their reading skills.

Grant funds will be used for the purchase of the dictionaries. It is anticipated that 360 dictionaries will be distributed in the 2018-19 school year at a cost of $2.50 each. Club members participate in putting personalized nameplates in each dictionary, as well as inserting a brief Rotary Club information flyer. Members then participate in the presentation of dictionaries to students at their school campus.

Project Contact Person

District: 5790

Rotary Club of: Abilene Wednesday

Primary Contact: Jerry Love

Email: jerry@jerrylovecpa.com

Project Status

Fully Pledged
This project is "Fully Pledged". This means the amount of the pledges is equal to the total budget of the project. Now the project needs to be finalized and go through the club signature process. This process gets started on the administration page.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

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Abilene Wednesday (5790)









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by Jerry Love

We have communicated with the Wylie Elementary principal and he has indicated the 3rd grade class is smaller this year. Based on his estimate of class size we have ordered 9 cases of the "Student's Dictionary" which has 24 dictionaries per case. The total for the order is $648 including shipping. Therefore, as of this date we believe we will not be requiring the full amount we originally estimated.

As of November 30, 2018 we have received the dictionaries and we determine an appropriate date to deliver them to the students.

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