For the 12th straight year, the Paradise Valley Rotary Club has participated in Rotary International’s “Dictionary Project” by delivering dictionaries to students in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.
Since the club began participating, members have delivered over 36,000 dictionaries to third-grade students in the district.
The books are much more than dictionaries. They contain over 32,000 words with simple, child-friendly definitions, plus pronunciation and part of speech, but also over 150 pages of supplemental information such as, weights and measures, the longest word in the English language, Roman numerals, sign language, braille, periodic table of elements, a map of the United States, the Constitution of the U.S., the Declaration of Independence, brief biographies of all U. S. presidents, world maps, and information about all 50 states, countries of the world, and the planets in the solar system.
Rotarians, their spouses, families and friends, as well as Interact members from Paradise Valley high schools met at the Merlino Ranch Sept. 16 and prepared approximately 3,000 dictionaries for delivery.
The delivery process began the next day, with Rotarians contacting their assigned schools and arranging dates for hand-delivering to each third-grade class.
All deliveries should be completed by mid-October.
Since the Dictionary Project started, over 26 million students around the world have received their own dictionaries thanks to project sponsors.
The goal of the program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary.
The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come.
Educators see third grade as the time when a student transitions from learning to read to reading to learn, so the Paradise Valley Rotary Club gives dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.