The goal of the Dictionary Project is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary.
The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.
The sponsoring organization for the Riverview Community School District is the Kiwanis of Riverview.
Since 2007 the Kiwanis of Riverview have provided every third grader in the district with their very own dictionary. Because of the increase in cost of these dictionaries the Kiwanis starting selling sponsorships to fund this well received project. Letters are sent to local area businesses, parent clubs, and politicians asking for support of effort to provide these knowledge hungry students with a dictionary they can call their own. Supporters are provided with a window decal showing they proudly support the program.
The Kiwanis put a label on the front of each dictionary that lists the supporters of the program. “Labeling these dictionaries is a lot of fun,” said Kiwanis President Diane Kinlen. “We work together as a group and the many hands that we have make the work light.”
This year the club delivered almost 200 copies of “A Student’s Dictionary” printed specially for the Dictionary Project. These dictionaries contain 540 pages of definitions, facts, information on planets, and the American Sign Language chart.
The children actually look forward to receiving their dictionary, especially if they have an older sibling who has received one in the past. With this delivery complete the Kiwanis have delivered 3,432 dictionaries to the students of the school district.
The sponsors of The Dictionary Project this year were: C. E. Raines Company, Deanna Boone Agency, Mayor Andrew Swift, Riverview Animal Hospital, Full Moon Bar & Grill, Pentiuk, Couvereur and Kobiljak PC, Riverview Towing, Nancy and John Colina, Nancy and Tom Holloway, Neubecker Power Washing, Kim and Elio Zeppa and Kathleen and Charles Skupin.