Cahaba Valley Lodge, joining many other Lodges throughout the USA, distributes dictionaries to third graders in local schools. The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mrs. Mary French of Charleston, SC. The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. Our mission in support of the Dictionary Project is to distribute dictionaries to as many 3rd graders as possible in the United States and its territories. Various volunteer service organizations, including the BPOE, are primary domestic sponsors of the Project.
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 present, over 600 Elks Lodges have distributed more than 10,00,000 dictionaries. A hearty thank-you for the generosity of the Lodges participating in the Dictionary Project.
Locally, the Dictionary Project has been a huge success in the Shelby County, AL area. The Cahaba Valley Elks (CVE) presents assembly programs at 13 area schools. When requested we present our “Dictionary Plus” program that features Americanism information in addition to their very own dictionary. The third-graders attending are presented the opportunity to learn 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 of a dictionary. At the end of each assembly the children, and their teachers, are provided a dictionary, pencil, bookmark, documents containing information regarding the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, plus other educational patriotic information. During the 2017-2018 school year CVE distributed 2,315 English language dictionaries and 94 Spanish/English dictionaries. Our Lodge intends to continue to serve the thirteen schools in our community.
Many thanks to CVE members who helped make this program a success!
Cahaba Valley Elks Lodge.1738 Morgan Park Road. Pelham, AL 205.987.1738