ImageGreen Tree Rotary donated a total of 360 dictionaries to local elementary schools in the Pittsburgh area.  The dictionaries are the "Best Dictionary for Students" which is specially geared towards third graders.  This is part of The Dictionary Project, which is a nonprofit organization that helps to provide dictionaries to third grade students throughout the country.   Green Tree Rotary has joined their efforts to encourage children to use a dictionary, so that they will be able to use the English language effectively.  Green Tree Rotary donated the dictionaries to eight area elementary schools.  The children and the teachers were quite excited about them.
 Green Tree Rotary participated in The Dictionary Project for the third year.  This year, the club gave 360 dictionaries to the third grade students at Aiken Elementary, Dormont Elementary, Myrtle Elementary, St. Margaret's of Scotland, St. Phillip in Crafton, Westwood Elementary, Schaeffer Elementary in Crafton Heights and Thaddeus Stevens in the West End.  The Dictionary Project's goal is to assist all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students with their own personal dictionary.  The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come.  Reading is the most important skill of all.  It is the starting point for all the economic and social opportunities this world has to offer an individual.  Rotary Clubs have been involved with The Dictionary Project since its beginning.  The target is to reach every third-grade student in the United States, and Rotary is helping them to come closer to achieving this goal every year.  This year, to date, The Dictionary Project has given 2,461,342 dictionaries to third grade students in the United States.  The students are thrilled and ask "Is it ours to keep?  Really?"