Dictionary Day is an important project that honors Rotary International's commitment to encouraging the full potential of literacy around the globe.
As part of this initiative each year, the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva distributes dictionaries to third grade students at the Sanibel School and Fort Myers Beach elementary school. In Lee County, there were a total of 10,932 dictionaries distributed this year.
To be literate, language is the foundation of education. The ability to read and write helps open doors to cultural and educational experiences and challenges the students to grow throughout their lifetime.
Members of the Sanibel Captiva Rotary Club, Ed Wheeler, Chet Sadler, Lee Almas, John Carney, Emily Kletzien and Barb Ellis, distributes dictionaries to third-grade class of Annie Franke and Patty Holston with Sanibel School principal Barbara Von Harten.
"Our club members can tell that from the moment the third graders at the Sanibel School and Fort Myers Elementary School receive their student dictionaries how extremely excited they are about learning," said Rotary Club member Lee Almas.
The student dictionaries, which are available in English and Spanish, include biographies of the U.S. presidents, Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, facts about the planets in the solar system, maps of the seven continents, information on the 50 states and weights and measurements, and more.
"It's not just a word dictionary, but a geographical dictionary, as well," said Almas. "Even in this age of computers, the dictionary is still the valued hard-copy possession."