The Cahaba Valley Elks, along with the many Elks throughout the USA, have been distributing dictionaries to third graders. The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mrs. Mary French of Charleston, SC. The sole mission of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, a non-profit organization, and their Dictionary Project 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 10,000,000 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. At this point in time close to 7 million children have received a dictionary thanks to the generosity of sponsors who have participated in the Dictionary Project.
Locally, the Dictionary Project has been a huge success in the Shelby County, AL area. The Cahaba Valley Elks (CVE) held an assembly at 13 schools in which the children all gathered to hear about the history of the US Flag, what it means to be a veteran, making the right choices when facing peer pressure, and the great and many uses a dictionary has. At the end of each assembly, the children, along with their teachers, lined up and received a dictionary, a pencil, a bookmark, and a document containing information about the US Flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, and other patriotic information.
The CVE distributed 2,315 English dictionaries and 94 Spanish/English dictionaries to 13 schools in the Shelby County area.
Because of said project, 6 of the 13 schools served requested that the CVE host a Flag Program at their schools which have been scheduled beginning in January. Please take a moment to view the pictures from Helena Intermediate School dictionary distribution.
Many thanks to each member who helped make this program a success!
Cahaba Valley Elks Lodge.1738 Morgan Park Road. Pelham, AL 205.987.1738