The Dictionary Project is a national organization with a goal to:
…assist all students to become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students a gift of their own personal dictionary.*
The Republican Party of Ellis County has participated in this project for the past ten years. Over that time the community has seen them reaching out in friendship and a desire to truly benefit ten years of third-graders and their parents. Conservatives becoming known as having a friendly desire to truly benefit third-graders and their parents.
At last night’s monthly B/CS Tea Party meeting, local Dictionary Project representative Floy Poe (email) presented the project and asked for volunteers to participate in The Dictionary Project Committee. This committee will do fund raising, ordering, and distribution to third-graders in the local Bryan Elementary schools beginning in September 2013. Mrs. Poe hopes the project can also expand to the College Station schools. Please download her Dictionary Project presentation (PDF).
The Dictionary Project was started in Savannah, Georgia in 1992 by Annie Plummer, a housekeeper concerned by seeing so many young students with no books. After she began distributing dictionaries to them, the mayor of Savannah said, “Here’s a lady who didn’t wait for government to do the job.” (!)
* The “Dictionary” to be given to students is much more that just that. It is an almanac as well, including:
- Biographies of the Presidents
- The Declaration of Independence
- The U.S. Constitution
- Basic elements of writing style & grammar
- Almanac of States and Nations with maps
- Facts about the planets in the Solar System
- Sign Language Chart
- The Longest Word in the English Language