Usually it’s not a good thing when you have to report to the principal’s office! On this occasion five members of the Jupiter-Tequesta Kiwanis Club were more than happy to obey, to continue a tradition that the club has maintained for the last eight years. This ritual endeavors to see that every third grader in town has their own personal dictionary/gazetteer.
The Dictionary Project, founded in 1995 is a national non-profit effort to provide every child in the nation with a dictionary of their own. To date, over 16 million dictionaries have been donated to children in the United States and internationally. It is funded through individual donations and by sponsors who implement the program in their local schools. All contributions are tax deductible. The Dictionary Project (as is the Kiwanis Foundation) is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in all 50 United States.
The purpose of The Dictionary Project is to provide dictionaries to all students to keep and use as their own personal reference books. The project believes that a dictionary is an essential tool for a quality education and that a student cannot do his or her best work without one. A dictionary in the home serves as a resource for the whole family. It improves everyone’s vocabulary and it encourages children to learn more words. This organization seeks to provide dictionaries to all of the children who are in school. The program is typically implemented in the third grade each year.
Using the support of community-based fundraisers such as our Annual Golf Tournament and the sale of 2-for-1 Restaurant Coupon Books, Kiwanis is able to support numerous children’s programs. As the morning bell rang at Jerry Thomas Elementary this past week, five members of the Jupiter-Tequesta Kiwanis Club reported to the office. Since many of the students had older siblings and knew of the project, the Kiwanians’ arrival was much anticipated. If you would like to become involved in helping children in your own community thrive, please contact Kiwanis at 561-744-6098, or visit our website http://www.kcjt.org