Time for the Dictionary Project! Despite the internet, dictionary use is still a needed skill. Each school year, Ventura Rotarians present “A Student’s Dictionary’ to 3rd grade students at 13 local Ventura schools. Rotary Club of Ventura South distributes to the other 3 Ventura schools. The Dictionary Project, a nonprofit organization, has the goal to assist all students to become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students a gift of their own personal dictionary. At the teacher’s request, we also distribute Spanish/English dictionaries to some students and to the children in the bilingual Spanish immersion program at Montalvo Elementary. Some quotes from teachers: “Please know that you have touched the lives of our students in a very meaningful way” and “The gift of knowledge is the most precious gift of all.” The happiness and wonder on the children’s faces is the gift we Rotarians receive. To quote some students from their thank you notes: “The longest word is really cool.” “That was nice of you to spend your money on the dictionaries for us!” “I will always think of the Rotary Club giving all third graders such a useful gift.” “You’re the best people ever. Keep doing what you do best.”
We received a generous $5,000 donation from Ventura Marathon & Beach Party for this wonderful project!
Photo: Steve Doll, Jen Livia, Josh Spiker and President, Rob vanNieuwburg
-SusAnne Lee Chung
Chair of Dictionary Project