Several years ago the Forks Elks Lodge #2524 learned of the dictionary project and decided to purchase dictionaries for the third graders. Both the teachers and students look forward to this event every year. This is one of the best projects to serve the needs of our children. The dictionaries were purchased with money from our 1 percent program.
On March 22, the Elks donated 83 dictionaries to the Forks Elementary School 3rd grade classes, and 29 dictionaries to the Neah Bay Elementary School 3rd grade classes, and 19 dictionaries to the Clallam Bay School 3rd grade class. Children really enjoyed receiving their own dictionaries and they were excited to learn about all the different topics that are in them. The teachers in each class room also received new dictionaries and they were very thankful to the Elks Lodge for donating the dictionaries to the Schools.
The Dictionary Project, headquartered in Charleston, S.C. was founded by Mary French in 1995. The Elks and other non-profit organizations across the nation participate in the distribution of more than 2 million dictionaries a year. The Elks also delivered drug awareness coloring books and book markers to all of the schools to help inform the children about the dangers of using drugs.