3rd Grade Dictionary Projects





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Anchorage, AK

Total Budget: $8,700

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: Literacy

Summary: Providing take-home dictionaries to 3rd graders in the Anchorage area.

We have a huge language diversity in the Anchorage Area with over 100 languages spoken and many times, English is not the child's first language. We are blessed to have 5 of the top 10 most diverse schools in the country, right here in Anchorage. Providing dictionaries can help many of these students hone their English skills as a second language. Understanding the language allows them to perform better in school. In the past we have provided close to 4000 students in the Anchorage area including the schools on the military bases and the alternative schools. These dictionaries are also a complete resource, containing periodic tables, conversion tables, state capitals, as well as other geography, science, and math, information.

A secondary benefit to these books is giving some low income students something they can use at home. We have found many students may not have a single book in the home, and some low income students have very few possessions at all. Giving them something small that they can call their own can help give them some more pride, and improve self image.

We have 25 to 30 Rotarians involved in the delivery of the dictionaries every year and is one of the most anticipated events of the year. We typically spend a few minutes with the students when giving out the dictionaries, and have the students write their names in their own dictionaries. We also go through some of the information, and how they can use the resource. We all look forward to the look on a child face when they learn the dictionaries are theirs to keep and brightening their day.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Anchorage South

Primary Contact: Julie Ann Erickson

Email: julieericksonteam@gmail.com

Project Status

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Project listed for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.

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Anchorage South (5010)









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History Log Entries


by Julie Ann Erickson

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Julie Ann Erickson

System Entry: Project signed by Julie Ann Erickson.


by Dan Newman

System Entry: Project signed by Dan Newman.


by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Debra Mason

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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