ST. JOHN | Each year the St. John Lions Club provides free dictionaries to all children in the third grade at Kolling Elementary School. On Dec. 12, the St. John Lions Club members Debbie Walker, Sue Golec, Pete Ladowski and Al Konieczka passed out more than 100 dictionaries to third grade students.
The Lions Club Dictionary Project was started in 1995. Since then, more than 18 million children have received dictionaries across the United States. The program has been adopted and refined by individuals, businesses, and civic organizations all over the country including Lions Clubs International. The dictionaries are purchased by the sponsoring organization and given as a gift for the children to keep.
The goal of this program 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 third grade student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the pivotal year when students really begin their reading and writing development.
Lions Clubs International has been implementing the project since 2002-2003, with at least 340 clubs participating in the project and Lions have donated to more than 1,100 schools nationwide!