‘Dictionary Man’ gets the last word

“The problem here is that people pay insufficient attention to how they are writing and what they write. Or perhaps they flunked fifth-grade English. Who knows!’ wrote Ted Utchen, one of our sponsors when complaining to the editor of the ‘Daily Herald’ about the misuse of ‘who’ and ‘whom’ in the newspaper. Ted. a lawyer who practiced law for 60 years, implemented the Dictionary Project for over...
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Bullock County Probate Judge James E. Tatum

Probate Judge James E. Tatum is investing in the future of Bullock County, Alabama by helping students there succeed. He has given each third grade student at Union Springs Elementary School and Conecuh Springs Christian School a new dictionary and two other books that encourage character traits needed for a successful life. Judge Tatum believes that communication is the key to learning and that a dictionary...
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Rotary Club of Stone Mountain, Georgia

The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain, Georgia has been participating in The Dictionary Project since March 2007. Thanks to their efforts, over 15,700 students in the DeKalb County School District have received a dictionary.   Cynthia Edwards of the Stone Mountain Rotary Club shared the following message with us:   DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is Georgia’s third largest school system, serving nearly 102,000...
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Rotary Club of Boyertown, Pennsylvania

The Rotary Club of Boyertown, Pennsylvania began participating in the Dictionary Project in 2005, supplying every third grade student in the Boyertown Area School district with their own personal dictionary. Since starting the project, the club has given nearly 9,500 dictionaries to students. According to the club, “The Dictionary Project for local third grade students is one of our annual endeavors. This year, due...
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Tucson Kino Rotary Club, Arizona

The Tucson Kino Rotary Club has been participating in The Dictionary Project since 2006. Since that time, they have presented over 23,000 dictionaries to third grade students in Pima County, Arizona. Because of the pandemic, the club was not able to present dictionaries in person this year. However, they created a video so students would not miss out on their annual presentation. You can...
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Kearney Dawn Rotary Club

Third grade students throughout Buffalo County, Nebraska will have a dictionary of their own thanks to the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club’s dictionary project. “Dictionaries are still a staple in classrooms,” Kearney Public School District Director of PK-5 Education Chelsea Feusner said. “Students flipping through pages opens up opportunities for students to learn alphabetical order and how to locate and define new words. Even in...
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Rotary Club of Palestine

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Palestine, Texas, more than 600 dictionaries will be given to second grade students in the Palestine area. During the presentation of dictionaries, club members talk about word meanings and how to find them. They also read Rotary’s Four-Way Test, and help students look up words they may not be familiar with: truth, fair, goodwill and beneficial. Rotarian Hugh...
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Mid Westchester Elks Lodge # 535

The Mid Westchester Elks Lodge # 535 in New York, formerly known as the White Plains Elks Lodge #535, began participating in The Dictionary Project in 2007. Since that time, the lodge has donated over 8,000 dictionaries to area students. Bob Lent, a retired White Plains teacher who is currently the Exalted Ruler of the Lodge and chair of the dictionary project, sent pictures...
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North Park Lions Club

Members of the North Park Lions Club recently visited four schools in San Diego, California to present dictionaries and American flags to students. In addition to explaining the importance of using a dictionary, members also provided students with a lesson about the flag and told them to ‘Be proud of your flag. Be proud to be an American.’ The club also provides Spanish/English dictionaries...
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