Rotary Donates 1,000 Dictionaries to HCSD

Rotary Donates 1,000 Dictionaries to HCSD

(HARRISON COUNTY, MS ) October 13, 2022 – The Rotary Club of Gulfport-Orange Grove will be donating more than 1,000 dictionaries to students in the Harrison County School District. The dictionaries will be distributed to all third graders in the Rotary’s service area. The first distribution took place today at Crossroads Elementary School.

“The Dictionary Project is an annual service project implemented by the Rotary Club of Gulfport-Orange Grove that supports the humanitarian need of supporting education. Supporting education is one of the seven areas of focus of Rotary International. Goals of the project include providing personal dictionaries to every third-grade student in the Orange Grove area of the Harrison County School District for use as their own personal reference tool, to assist each student in developing their personal skills in creative writing and reading, and serve them through elementary and middle school. The Rotary Club of Gulfport-Orange Grove has maintained this project for over 25 years and is a project that the community associates with our club. The dictionaries have become additions to family libraries and are often utilized by students throughout their school career,” said Angie Crawford, The Rotary Club of Gulfport-Orange Grove.

During the kick-off event at Crossroads, Rotary members presented every third grader at Crossroads Elementary with their own dictionary to use at school and at home. The students learned to use the books by participating in a fun trivia game and competing for prizes. The administrators and teachers expressed their deep appreciation to the Rotary members for providing the students with this wonderful resource, which will be very useful as they prepare for the State Third Grade Reading Assessment in the spring.

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