Dictionary Project

Do you know whose 250th birthday is Oct. 17, 2008?

The third grade students at Kalmiopsis School know, thanks to an annual Rotary Club project.

For the fifth year in a row, members of the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor handed out free dictionaries to the third graders, just in time for Noah Webster`s 250th birthday on Thursday.

Webster is credited with creating the first American dictionary of English spellings and pronunciations.

The name `Webster` was also given to the 18-foot inflatable duck used to advertise the club`s recent Wild Rivers Ducky Derby, which helped raise funds for club projects like the dictionary distribution.

Instead of having its regular club meeting Tuesday, the club had lunch with the students before distributing the books.

Rotary Clubs throughout Rotary District 5110 and the rest of the state have partnered with the Dictionary Project to make sure every third grade student gets one of the dictionaries.

According to The Dictionary Project, more than 2.3 million books were distributed across the nation in 2007. The non-profit group hopes to reach 4.1 million students this school year.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor's distribution of dictionary, please contact project chair Kevin Moerke at (541) 412-8988.