A Tradition of Dictionaries and Literacy

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Published On: December 8th, 2021

Three students holding dictionaries with the words, "A Tradition of Dictionaries and Literacy"

The Rotary Club of James City County continued its 17-year tradition of giving every third grader a printed dictionary. Printed dictionaries are a powerful tool for literacy. They help students learn to use word references and how to find synonyms and antonyms. Also, when students leaf through the pages of a dictionary, they see other new and interesting words they might not know. Expanding their vocabulary.

A third-grader from Norge Elementary uses their dictionary in class

A third-grader from Norge Elementary uses their dictionary in class

In the past, the Rotary Club has run a small workshop with the third graders on how to use their new dictionaries to help with reading. This year they were not able to visit classrooms but felt continuing their tradition was important. Over the 17 years, the Rotary Club of James City County has donated 14,616 dictionaries to students in WJCC Schools.

A third-grader from Norge Elementary uses their dictionary in class

We are happy to be a part of the Rotary Club of James City County’s tradition of giving and literacy.  Not only does this project help the students excel in their Standards of Learning, it brings great joy to students and Rotary Club members alike, especially when club members read the students’ adorable thank you notes.

Thank you cards from third graders to the Rotary Club of James City County

Thank you cards from third graders to the Rotary Club of James City County

Victor Holman, coordinator of dictionary distribution, accepts thank you cards from the third graders.

Victor Holman, Rotary Club of James City County’s coordinator of dictionary distribution, accepts thank you cards from the third graders.

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