HCSD 3rd Graders Receive Rotary Dictionaries

Over 1,000 HCSD 3rd Graders Receive Free Rotary Dictionaries

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (November 10, 2021) – The Rotary Club of Gulfport-Orange Grove completed its Dictionary Project today by delivering the final boxes of dictionaries to elementary schools in the Harrison County School District. This year, the Rotary donated about 1,000 new dictionaries to all third graders at nine HCSD elementary schools in the organization's service area:

  • Saucier Elementary
  • North Gulfport Elementary
  • Harrison Central Elementary
  • Lyman Elementary
  • River Oaks Elementary
  • West Wortham Elementary
  • Crossroads Elementary
  • Bel-Aire Elementary
  • Three Rivers Elementary

Before the pandemic, Rotary members would visit each classroom to explain how to best use the dictionary and to share interesting facts, like the longest word in the English language. This year, Rotary members created a short video that teachers shared with the students as they passed out the books: p11cdn4static.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_88227/Media/Rotary Video.mp4.

The third graders were very excited about receiving their own dictionary to keep and enjoy. The dictionaries will be a useful resource to help the students as they prepare for the Third Grade Reading Assessment in the fall. It is a state test that Mississippi third graders must pass in order to move on to the fourth grade. HCSD would like to thank the Rotary for continuing to support our students to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond.

“I really think that our members get as much pleasure out of the Dictionary Project as the students do,” said Rotary member, Wilson Eaton.

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