Iron County School District thanks the rotary club for their generous service to all third graders in our region. The full story of the Dictionary project as taken from the Rotary Newsletter is below and can be seen with pictures at tinyurl.com/RotaryNewsletter
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Dictionary Project Chair Jennifer Wood hosted 32 Rotarians and guests who gathered at the Iron School District Warehouse to label 1,130 dictionaries destined to be presented to every third-grade student in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties. This year’s Cedar City Rotary Dictionary Project is its thirteenth and Jennifer’s fourth as chair or co-chair with Rotarian and Iron County School District Superintendent Shannon Dulaney. The breakdown of third-graders is: 77 in Garfield; 141 in Beaver; and, 837 in Iron County (including 59 Spanish Language for the dual immersion students). Cedar City Rotary will also deliver 75 dictionaries to the Gateway Charter School students. Cedar City Rotary buys the dictionaries from The Dictionary Project, a 501 C (3) non-profit organization headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina. It was established in 1995 by Mary French to provide dictionaries for students to keep and use as their own reference books. Although it is not a Rotary International project , many of the Rotary District 5420 (Utah) clubs deliver and present dictionaries to the third graders in their areas, as do Rotary Clubs throughout the U.S.
In 2005, Diana Graff, a Rotarian and the Dean of Library Services at Southern Utah University introduced The Dictionary Project to fellow-Rotarians and chaired Cedar City Rotary’s project for the next nine years. When Diana requested that someone else take over the chair responsibilities, Iron County School District Superintendent Shannon Dulaney and Director of Secondary Education Jennifer Wood agreed to co-chair the project. Two years later, Jennifer Wood retired from the ICSD and continues to serve as Dictionary Project chair. Jennifer thanked everyone who helped label the dictionaries and asked those who agreed to coordinate the delivery and presentations to do so within the next two weeks. She also thanked Kathy Johnson for ordering and picking up box lunches from Great Harvest Bread Company.
Printed on each dictionary label is Rotary’s Four- Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do; First – Is it the TRUTH? ; Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned? ; Third – Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? And, Fourth – Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? The labels also have a spacefor the new owner to write his or her name. Every Rotarian who delivers and presents dictionaries feels rewarded by the smiles and words of appreciation from the students and their teachers. All of the third graders write thank you notes which the teachers forward to Jennifer Wood who shares them with the club. Kudos to Jennifer whose extraordinary planning and organizational skills made the labelling process a smooth and enjoyable event.