Concord University Participating in Annual Dictionary Project

ATHENS, W.Va. – Every Mercer County third grader will receive a new dictionary again this year thanks to the Dictionary Project. Students at Sun Valley School in Lerona will receive their copies of Webster’s Dictionary during a ceremony at the school on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The program begins at 1 p.m.
Providing a dictionary for the county’s third graders is an annual collaborative project between Concord University, Bluefield State College, Mercer County Schools and the Princeton and Bluefield Rotary Clubs conducted in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday. Each year since the project’s inception more than a decade ago, the group has selected a different school for the presentation ceremony.

“Concord University is excited to participate in the Dictionary Project again this year. In partnering to provide dictionaries to our area’s young students, we are furthering our educational outreach within the community and encouraging academic success across age levels.”

Kendra Boggess, President of Concord University

The Dictionary Project, according to the nonprofit organization’s website, is an international effort working “to ensure that everyone will be able to enjoy the benefits of owning a dictionary.”
“The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary,” the website says. “The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come.”
Additional information about the Dictionary Project is available by visiting
For more information about the upcoming presentation of dictionaries to Mercer County students contact Lora Woolwine at or 304-384-5224.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.


Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

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