Dictionary Project Committee
The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, SC. Its 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. Nation-wide they have donated more than 1.2 million dictionaries to third-grade students and their teachers as sponsors of The Dictionary Project over the last 6 years. There are 600 lodges that actively participate in the program.
Our Lodge began participating in the project over a decade ago and continue to distribute dictionaries to every third-grader in our school district. For more information, or to take part in our program: