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Dictionary Project

Logan Burroughs, left, and Steven Rowe were among the Mathews Elementary School students who received free dictionaries last week as part of Mathews Memorial Library’s Dictionary Project. The goal of the project is to help all students develop as good readers, active readers, and creative thinkers, said Carol McCormack, the library’s head of Youth Services. Each third grade student received a dictionary to use at school and at home for years to come. “A dictionary is perhaps the first and most powerful reference tool that a child should own,” said McCormack. Annie Plummer of Savannah, Georgia, conceived the Dictionary Project and raised the money to buy 17,000 dictionaries for children in Savannah before her death on Dec. 12, 1999. Since her death, more than 1.25 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the same need in communities all over the United States. “We are pleased to bring the Dictionary Project to Mathews students,” said McCormack. In the...

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