Hendrix College English professor Dr. Alice Hines, a member of the Conway Morning Rotary Club, was profiled by the Log Cabin Democrat in March for her work distributing dictionaries to elementary school children in Conway. The project was sponsored by the Conway Morning Rotary Club.
During an assembly at Ida Burns Elementary School, Hines read from the book Gooney Bird and the Room Mother by Lois Lowry and had students locate words they didn't know and look them up. Hines told Log Cabin Democrat education reporter Jessica Bauer the dictionary project is an important one for her club to undertake because of its many benefits.
"I can't imagine what would happen to a group of students who do not have their own dictionaries throughout the course of their education," Hines was quoted as saying, "because a dictionary is certainly a book that can open up such a world of learning."
Hines told Bauer one of the best things to watch is students writing their names in the dictionary and seeing how proud they are to own one.