A group of Port Jervis Rotarians recently visited Anna S. Kuhl and Hamilton Bicentennial elementary schools to give all of the district’s third graders their very own dictionaries.
Rotary member Matt Witherow told the students that by the time they graduate from high school, ‘You will have learned much from your well-worn dictionary.’
Millions of dictionaries have been purchased and distributed by Rotary Clubs across the country since the program started more than a decade ago in South Carolina. The Dictionary Project was brought to Port Jervis nine years ago by Roy Hinshalwood shortly after he and his wife, Sophia, relocated to the Hudson Valley. The success of the Port Jervis program has prompted Rotary Clubs across the state of New York to participate in the project.
This year, the Port Jervis Rotary presented more than 200 dictionaries to local third graders.