Colorado Elks Association



The Dictionary Project

The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mrs. Mary French of Charleston, SC.  The sole mission of this non-profit organization – which we as Elks, share – is to distribute dictionaries to as many 3rd graders as possible in the 50 United States and our environs.  At this point in time more than 16,997,292 dictionaries have been distributed.  Varying service clubs were the main thrust of sponsorship.

In the 2004-2005 Lodge year, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks became involved.  Dictionaries have been distributed to every State of the Union, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The Dictionary Project is a wonderful community service project.  Consider these motivations for your Lodge to become involved.  It is: A wonderful literacy project; an opportunity to be involved in a hands-on-project that does not require a great deal of time; relatively inexpensive; an opener of doors into the schools of your community paving the way for other Youth Projects - scholarships, essay contests, sponsorship of scouting, an Antlers Program, etc.; lends itself to media coverage, to let the community know of the good works you do, of your concern for our Nations young people.

The Dictionary Project Resources

Grand Lodge Dictionary Project Page
The Dictionary Project Website