As part of a nationwide program know as "The Dictionary Project," the Jim Thorpe Rotary distributed brand new dictionaries to third grade students at the L.B. Morris Elementary and Penn Kidder Elementary Schools and St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe.

The dictionaries were personally delivered to the three schools this past Tuesday by Rotarians Susan Sterling, Randall Smith, and Ronald Sheehan.

The Rotary Club has been participating in "The Dictionary Project" since 2003. It distributed 192 dictionaries to the three schools this year and over their years of involvement with the program, they have donated a total of 1,542.

Over the years, 13,634,576 children have received a dictionary through The Dictionary Project, with 2,488,454 being distributed last year alone.

The reason third graders were selected is because that grade represents a critical juncture in a child's education, when students make the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." It is an important time for students to be able to read and write well in order to share knowledge effectively. The dictionaries can unlock a wealth of new information and inspire ideas in the young learners.