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Dictionary Day 2019

Dictionary Day 2019 - What is in a Dictionary?

During December all the 3d graders in the Lodi Unified School District found out the answer to that question.  They investigated the answer to the question by looking into their own dictionary to find the answer.  The Dictionary is referred to as "Google in a Book" thanks to the Internet.

The distribution of the dictionaries is a part of the Dictionary Project’s (  mission which is: “… to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. “

Every year for the last ten years Lodi Rotary Club 583 has been a sponsor of this project by giving a dictionary to each 3d grader.  Our Rotary Club is the oldest in Lodi and we  will observe our 100th birthday in 2021.  It is our way of supporting Literacy, of the six initiatives of Rotary International.

This year 16 club members distributed dictionaries to 17 elementary schools.  This distribution effort is one of the many good (fun) things we do to support Lodi.  The picture on the left shows Mike Hodge with a 3d grade class at Needham Elementary School with their dictionaries.


So earlier the question was asked, “what is in a dictionary?”  The answer is a lot!  The dictionary contains: a complete dictionary of words and phrases; biographies of the U.S. Presidents, Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Maps of the seven continents, information about the 50 states, Weights and Measures, Sign language and Braille, and much more. 

So, if you are the parent of a 3d grader or close friend of a 3d grader, ask them to show you their dictionary.  One of the first things we do is to have them write their name on the back of the front cover because we want them to know it is theirs to keep and to take care of.  One of the teachers mentioned that she had been in touch with some of her students over the years and that many of them still used their dictionaries in middle school.

Our club is pleased to be a part of this Literacy Program and we know that the dictionaries are appreciated and used.  If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the community, check out our club, we meet Thursday at noon at Hutchins Street Square.  You can find out more about us on  We are Lodi Rotarians 95240.


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