Clubs have championed dictionary distribution

I would like to respond to the Sept. 24 letter on asking students to purchase one book, a dictionary.

In 1999, the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise began giving every 3rd-grader at Kihei and Kamalii elementary schools their own dictionary. These were for the students to keep. This was done at no cost to the schools or students. Within two years, other Rotary Clubs on Maui joined in and began giving dictionaries to schools throughout Maui County.

In 2002, Rotary District 5000, which makes up the 48 Rotary clubs in Hawaii, adopted the project statewide. Now, 18 years later, the Rotary clubs in Hawaii give out nearly 18,000 dictionaries to 3rd-graders each year.

Rotarians in Hawaii know the gift of a dictionary is one that will last a lifetime. We are proud to help.

John Moore

President

Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea

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