Since September, the nine Rotary Clubs on Maui (Kahului, Kihei Sunrise, Kihei-Wailea, Lahaina, Lahaina-Sunrise, Maui, Valley Isle Sunset, Upcountry and Wailuku) presented dictionaries to 2,900 3rd-graders at 36 public and private schools and children's groups in Maui County.
According to the assistant district governors, Joanne Laird and Rita Barreras: "Literacy is one of the most important skills of all. It is the starting point for all the economic and social opportunities this world has to offer. The goal of this Dictionary Project is to assist all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Through this Dictionary Project, Maui Rotary Club members feel empowered to effect change and improve education so that our island's keiki will grow up better prepared to compete in the global economy."
This islandwide Dictionary Project is one of the many community service projects sponsored by the Rotary Clubs on Maui. For more information about these clubs, contact Laird at 757-0981 or Barreras at 264-0491.
Karin Harris and Hilton Unemori from the Rotary Club of Wailuku display dictionaries that students at Wailuku Elementary School are about to receive.