The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, SC. It’s primary focus is to promote literacy to children in third-grade as they transition from learning how to read to identify and use information. Over the course of the program, nearly 15 million third-grade students have received dictionaries, including about 2.5 million dictionaries donated in 2009. Elks joined this movement in 2004. Nationwide, Elks have donated more than 1.2 million dictionaries to third-grade students and their teachers as sponsors of The Dictionary Project over the last six (6) years. There are 600 Lodges that actively participate in the program. The Cameron Elks Lodge #2615 are donating dictionaries this year not only to the third-grade students at Cameron Parkview, but to third-grade students in the Mirable, Osborn, and Winston schools.