Concord University Celebrates 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 will be presented with their own copy of Webster’s Dictionary for Students, Special Encyclopedic Edition on Thursday, Nov. 12th.

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, and in conjunction with the National Dictionary Project.

Each year since the local project’s inception more than a decade ago, the partners have selected a different school to hold the annual celebration.  This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual ceremony will be held for students at Bluewell Elementary School at 10 a.m. Concord University President Kendra Boggess and representatives from the other partnering groups have prerecorded video greetings to the students to be shared during the program. Concord is also providing Concord activity books and snacks for the Bluewell students.

“The dictionary is a window into the world full of discovery, joy and excitement.  Learning to understand words and their meaning is the first step to making dreams come true. We are so proud to continue supporting this wonderful and important project,”

Dr. Kendra Boggess

“The goal of the project, 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 Dictionary Project 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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