After nearly two decades of providing dictionaries to every third-grade student in Bartholomew County, organizers have announced they are closing the books on the annual Dictionary Project.
Since its start nearly 20 years ago, more than 20,000 dictionaries, including Spanish and Japanese versions, have been distributed to area third graders in public, private and homeschool classrooms as well as adult literacy and English language programs. Partners have determined that improvements in technology since the project began have lessened the demand for paperback dictionaries as a quick reference tool.
The local Dictionary Project was made possible through annual grant funding from Heritage Fund and distributed by Bartholomew Retired Teachers Association with support from the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning.
The Dictionary Project is a national organization with a goal to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners. More than 35 million students nationally have received dictionaries as part of the program.