Meghan Lunghi, Director of Marketing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THE DICTIONARY PROJECT TO DONATE DICTIONARIES
TO THIRD GRADERS IN SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD, MASS., September 30, 2013—Today 400 dictionaries will be donated to third graders in Springfield by The Dictionary Project as part of a national program designed to support students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary.
The donated dictionaries are published by Federal Street Press, a division of Merriam-Webster Inc, based here in Springfield, MA. “Since 1995 the non-profit Dictionary Project has promoted literacy nationwide, working with local sponsors and volunteers to donate dictionaries to third graders, who are at a critical age in the development of reading and writing skills,” says Deborah Hastings, Publisher of Federal Street Press. “Because the dictionaries are given to the students to keep, each child has an essential tool for the rest of his or her school career. We at Federal Street Press support the mission of The Dictionary Project and encourage local organizations to make sure every Springfield third grader receives a dictionary this year.”
Mary French, Director of The Dictionary Project, and Deborah Hastings, Publisher of Federal Street Press, will distribute dictionaries today at Elias Brookings, Rebecca Johnson, Milton Bradley, Homer Street, and William N. DeBerry elementary schools. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home.
The program has been adopted by individuals, businesses, and civic organizations all over the country with 18 million books given to children since the project’s inception. Local organizations such as Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Elks Lodges, and Lions Clubs interested in implementing The Dictionary Project are encouraged to visit www.dictionaryproject.org to learn more.
Merriam-Webster Inc. For more than 150 years, in print and now in digital media, Merriam-Webster has been America’s leading and most-trusted provider of language information. Each month, our Web sites and apps offer guidance to tens of millions of visitors. In print, our publications include Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary (among the best-selling books in American history) and newly published dictionaries for English-language learners. All Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America, and one of the largest in the world.
For more information, visit www.Merriam-Webster.com.