Dictionary Project Kansas City
a project sponsored by
Reading Reaches, Inc. and
Truman Heartland Community Foundation

expand your vocabulary with a new word every day!

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about us




Dictionary Project Kansas City was founded in the summer of 2002. With an overwhelming support of the Kansas City community, Dictionary Project Kansas City purchased and distributed over 10,000 dictionaries during that first school year. Our group began our second school year by enlisting the aid of individuals and businesses and community groups, and distributing 10,000 dictionaries on October 16th, Noah Webster's birthday. And by the end of that school year, we realized that we reached 25,000 third graders in the Kansas City area, and in surrounding communities in Missouri and Kansas.

Helping Kansas City-area children discover the meaning of "success", "respect", and "teamwork" is the mission of the Dictionary Project Kansas City. Our goal is to put a dictionary into the hands of each third-grade student in every elementary school in the greater Kansas City area every year. Knowing that a dictionary is, perhaps, a child's first reference tool, Dictionary Project Kansas City helps set children on the path to lifelong learning.

Are we ready to drop paper books for electronics? Not yet, say our teachers.

So, What's New? Check it out. And we still get requests for old photos and "That Elvis and the Dictionaries" video.

How the Project Works with Teachers, Students, and Donors

Of the teachers --We ask that the dictionaries be used in the students' regular work, helping both in reading and writing. And we ask, at the end of the school year, that teachers tell us how the dictionaries were used. (Guidelines are included on the agreement / receipt.)

Of the students --Because the dictionary becomes the personal property of the student, we ask that each student write his or her name on the inside front cover. And to help them track the growth of their vocabulary, we ask that they mark each word as they look it up.

Individuals and organizations who donate $275 or more may designate that dictionaries be delivered to a particular school. Donations not designated will be used to purchase dictionaries for other schools in Missouri and Kansas. Checks for donations should be made payable to: Dictionary Project Kansas City.

As we complete the 2015 - 16 dictionary season, we thank all of our donors, partners, and volunteers for another successful year.  Once again, we provided dictionnaries to more than 24,000 students on 400 schools.  Great work !!

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or phone: 816-763-5205


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9717 Harvard Ave
Kansas City MO 64234


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Dictionaries by the Butler Rotary Club were given to third grade students in Butler, Rich Hill, Hume, and Ballard. Pictured are Ms. Dubray's Butler Elementary third graders with their personal dictionaries that are theirs to keep for future use.


A major shift in our focus as we move forward.  Details here.