Third graders from Plain City and Monroe Elementary Schools recently received their own dictionaries thanks to the Marysville Elks.
The Dictionary Project is in the 11th year and distributes more than 800 dictionaries to all of the third graders in Jonathan Alder, Fairbanks, St. Johns, Marysville, Trinity and North Union schools. To date more than 9,000 students have benefited from this project.
Since its founding in 1868, giving back to the community is a hallmark of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Over the last 10 years, the Marysville Elks has donated over a quarter million dollars and have volunteered over 22,000 hours to the Union County Community. The total value of cash and non-cash donations total over half a million dollars.
This year alone they have provided: a $3,500 grant to the Union County MRDD to help people with Cerebral Palsy, a community service grant to purchase equipment for first responders, scholarships of up to $50,000 for high school seniors to attend college, and $1,500 worth of items for the Marysville High School Clothes Closet.