The dictionaries were distributed last week as part of the Elks’ National Dictionary Project – a project with the stated goal of getting dictionaries in the hands of every third grader in the nation.
Since its implementation in 1995, over 18 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the need in communities all over the United States.
The Deming Elks began the annual distribution here in 2005. Three years ago, after merging with the T-or-C Elks Lodge, the local Elks also began distributing dictionaries to third-graders there.
This year the Elks distributed dictionaries which included historic information about U.S. Presidents, information on the U.S. Constitution and facts on countries around the world.