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Rotary tradition gives 3rd graders dictionaries

Kihei Rotarians are marking 20 years of providing dictionaries to students on Maui. The program was started in 1999 by Dr. John R. “Dick” Moore and his wife, Marilyn, who wanted to celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary by giving 160 3rd graders at Kihei and Kamali’i elementary schools their own dictionaries.

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

For more information on Rotary, go to www.rotary.org.