On Monday, October 26th the Wellsville Elks Club presented dictionaries to all of our 3rd grade students as part of their Dictionary Project. The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mrs. Mary French in Charleston, South Carolina. The sole mission of this program is to distribute dictionaries to as many third-graders as possible. A dictionary is perhaps the first and most powerful reference tool a child should own. Its usefulness goes beyond the spellings, pronunciations, and definitions it lists; it is a companion for solving problems that arise as a child develops his or her reading, writing and creative thinking abilities. A dictionary helps a student to benefit from increased self reliance and resourcefulness inspired by the maxim, "look it up".
Mrs. Day stated, "These dictionaries are for you to keep for the rest of your lives." The dictionaries contain information about our past US presidents, maps of the seven continents, as well as information about all 50 US states and the solar system.
The Elks believe in helping children and have many programs just for kids. They have a basketball hoop shoot, a soccer shoot, a junior Elks program, the 5th grade Essay Contest and the Scholarship fund.