Annual Dictionary Project

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Every year, the Maplewood and South Orange Rotary clubs provide every third grader in the SOMA school district with a Webster’s dictionary of his or her own in a program we call the Annual Dictionary Project. By doing this we hope to have a positive impact on education in this country and empower children to become skillful communicators and resourceful learners.  We want to prepare our young people to be strong, productive citizens who can succeed and grow and solve problems in a rapidly changing world.

A pocket dictionary may be a small thing, but it is a powerful tool to help with learning, and when it is a gift from a child’s community, the child learns from it not just the value of school work, but also the example of community service.

For more information about your local Rotary Club, visit or come to the Maplewood Rotary Club weekly meetings at Cryan's Pub every Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

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