Third graders throughout Harrison County enjoyed a surprise this month when they each received a free dictionary from the Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF). The dictionaries will help the students sharpen their literacy skills in the classroom and beyond.

HCCF’s board and staff members delivered copies of “Webster’s Dictionary for Students: Special Encyclopedic Edition” to 440 students. Copies of the dictionary were also given to third-grade classroom teachers and elementary school libraries. All Harrison County public and private elementary schools participated.

HCCF has partnered with The Dictionary Project since 2008 to provide free dictionaries each year. To date, 5,634 of these dictionaries have been delivered.

The Dictionary Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the goal of helping students complete the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing them with their own dictionaries. Each dictionary is a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come.

To learn more about Harrison County’s role in The Dictionary Project, contact HCCF at 812-738-6668 or visit For more information about The Dictionary Project, visit

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