The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, SC. It's primary focus is to promote literacy to children in third-grade as they transition from learning how to read to identify and use information. Over the course of the program nearly 15 million third-grade students have received dictionaries including about 2.5 million dictionaries donated in 2009.
Elks joined this movement in 2004. Nationwide they have donated more than 1.2 million dictionaries to third-grade students and their teachers as sponsors of The Dictionary Project over the last 6 years. There are 600 lodges that actively participate in the program. To see if your nearest lodge participates in this program, find a lodge near you.
There are two different sample kits available from The Dictionary Project. Each sample kit contains five books and can be obtained for $15. One kit provides all five of the American English language dictionaries. The other kit contains a dictionary and thesaurus usage guide, Spanish to English dicionary, an English to Spanish dictionary, atlas and thesaurus.
The Dictionary Project website http://www.dictionaryproject.org.