Continuing a tradition, the Cardington Rotary Club presented dictionaries to 90 third grade students at the Cardington-Lincoln Elementary School.
The ‘Dictionary Project’ began in 1992 when Annie Plummer of Savannah, GE, gave 50 dictionaries to students who attended a school close to her home.
The project continued through the years with Plummer raising enough money to buy 17,000 dictionaries for children in her hometown As the project grew, Plummer and her late husband, formed a 501(C)(3) non-profit association in 1995 with a board of directors. Since its implementation over 18 million children have received dictionaries.
The Rotary Club is one of many groups to implement the dictionary project.
Presenting the dictionaries to Cardington’s third graders was Gill Ullom, treasurer of the Cardington Rotary Club. Ullom advised the students to write their names inside the front cover of the dictionaries and to keep them at school, suggesting they be used for reference during their classes.
“My students loved their dictionaries,” Michelle Goughenour, one of the third grade teachers said. “They especially love to look up the world’s longest word. Many of our students need valuable educational tools in their home. The Rotary Club offers one of those free to our students. What a special gift. Thank you so much for all you do for our students.”
Dawn Ruehrmund, third grade teacher said, “My students loved the dictionaries. They were so excited to look up their spelling words this week. Thanks so much to the Rotary Club.”
“We are so blessed that the Cardington Rotary Club purchases dictionaries for our third graders,” Janet Sedlacek, teacher said. “Third graders learn so much about how to use a dictionary to help them identify the parts of speech and find the different meanings of words. The third graders will put those dictionaries to good use.”
Accepting dictionaries for 90 Cardington-Lincoln third grade students
are from left: Dawn Ruehrmund, one of four third grade teachers, students Skyler Peringer, Ashlyn Troyer, Myleigh Bishop and Ava Davis and Gill Ullom Cardington Rotary Club Treasurer
who presented the dictionaries from the Rotary Club