The Rotary Club of Laurel is in the midst of its annual effort to deliver dictionaries to third graders in Laurel schools.
Third graders at Scotchtown Hills, Bond Mill, Montpelier and Laurel elementary schools, as well as at St. Mary of the Mills School, have already received their dictionaries from the Dictionary Project, according to Joy Kline, Rotary Club president, and the club will soon be delivering to Oaklands, James Harrison and Deerfield Run elementary schools.
Kline said more than 780 dictionaries were presented to students this year. The Rotary has been participating in the Dictionary Project for about eight years.
"It’s a simple little thing, and third grade, that’s an age where the children recognize how thrilling it is to have their own book they can take home and keep," Kline said.
The Dictionary Project is a South Carolina-based nonprofit that prints its own dictionary with maps, measurements, the ASL alphabet, a list of presidents and myriad other information.
"It’s a nice book for a third grader to have," Kline said. "They won’t have anything else like it."