The Dictionary Project


“Students learn to read until the third grade, but from the third grade on they read to learn.”  

Our Dictionary Project goes to 3rd Graders in the Rex Putnam High School Feeder system. This Community Service program has proven to be extremely successful over the last few years.  It has grown from giving yearly approximately 4,500 dictionaries  “free of charge” to third graders throughout the District, to about 30,000! This is an excellent opportunity to assist the third-graders in your community to get off to a good start in gaining reading skills. The greatest benefit will be to the students as the third grade is a critical time for forming good reading habits.  The fact that each student will have their own personal dictionary will allow their teachers to give them special assignments directly related to reading and dictionary skills.  The schools benefit because to furnish each student with a personal dictionary would be very expensive.  The parents benefit as well as the brothers and sisters of the students This is a great opportunity to help the students become better readers, better speakers, better spellers.

The Dictionary Project is a non-profit organization designed to aid third grade teachers in their goal to see all their students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners. We, the Clackamas Sunrise Rotary, working with the Dictionary Project, would like to provide the third grade students of our community with their own personal dictionaries. The dictionaries are for the children to keep and use throughout this school year and beyond.

A dictionary is perhaps the first and most powerful reference tool a child should own. Its usefulness goes beyond the spellings, pronunciations, and definitions it lists. It is a companion for solving 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. This project gives children an opportunity to expand their vocabulary by owning their very own dictionary.

Children deserve the best teachers and resources. If we set our sights on anything less, we will be disappointed with the results. Please encourage your child to use the dictionary in order to maximize his or her full potential. You can learn more about the Dictionary Project by visiting their website at

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