|Look it up!||
A dictionary is perhaps the first and most powerful reference
tool that a child should own. Its usefulness goes beyond the spellings,
pronunciations, and definitions
it lists; it is a companion for solving
the problems that arise as a child develops his or her reading,writing,
and creative thinking abilities. Students
benefit from an increased self-reliance and resourcefulness inspired by
the maxim ``look it up.'' Teachers benefit by knowing that their students
have consistent access to a tool for homework and in-class explorations.
The New Concise Webster's Dictionary (right) was chosen by the Dictionary
Project for its thoroughness and ease of use.
|Fundraising||Funds to buy dictionaries are raised through donations from individuals and local businesses and bolstered by the sale of special Dictionary Project Christmas cards, designed by students who received dictionaries during the previous year (right). Approximately one dollar buys a child a dictionary, a bookmark, and the know-how to use them effectively.|
Dictionary Project volunteers visit each school in
the area once a year to distribute the dictionaries.
Students are encouraged to participate in a puppet show that demonstrates
the dictionary in action.
After the show, a brief lesson on how to use
the book is given, and students are asked to find certain words to demonstrate
At the end of the visit, the children are asked to
use the dictionary to learn a word that they don't yet know and to submit
it to a newsletter that is published twice a year by the Dictionary Project
staff. The newsletter summarizes the new words and shows how the children
use them in context.
|Corporate Sponsors||The Dictionary Project is very grateful
to the donors who make our program possible. Below are the current corporate
|Other Projects||Since the inception of the original two Dictionary Projects
in Savannah and Beaufort County, many similar efforts have been initiated
in towns nationwide: There are now Dictionary Projects in Metter, Georgia;
Charleston, South Carolina; Sparta, North Carolina; Rio Rancho, New Mexico;
Florida; and Washington, D.C. These projects are administered by volunteers who
handle fundraising for the dictionaries and visit area schools to provide
local students with the books and education needed for them to look
|More info||Your generous support over the years has made it possible for us
to extend our project beyond Beaufort County to serve the elementary schools in
Jasper, Hampton and Allendale Counties in South Carolina.
If you are interested in donating money or time to the
Dictionary Project, or if you have questions about how
you can start a project in your area, you are invited to contact us by sending
a letter to the following address:
The Dictionary Project
Quotes from educators about the project:
Thank you again for your efforts on behalf of our students. They were thrilled with their new dictionaries and have been using them regularly!
We can't thank you enough for doing the Christmas Card project. It has been so good for the kids' self-esteem. Please continue to do that part of the Dictionary Project.