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Maui Rotary Clubs Donate Dictionaries

November 4, 2010
Maui Weekly
Since September, eight Maui Rotary clubs (Kïhei Sunrise, Kïhei-Wailea, Lahaina, Lahaina-Sunrise, Maui, Valley Isle Sunset, Upcountry and Wailuku) presented dictionaries to 1,700 third graders at 25 public and private schools in Maui County.

Education and literacy are two of Rotary International’s main areas of focus.

“Literacy is the starting point for all the economic and social opportunities this world has to offer,” said Rotary Assistant District Governor Mark Harbison, a member of the Kïhei Wailea Club. “Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn.”

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 them with their own personal dictionary.

“The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come,” said Harbison. “Through this Dictionary Project, members of Maui’s Rotary clubs hope to effect change and improve education so that our island’s keiki will grow up better prepared to compete in the global economy.”

The island-wide Dictionary Project is one of the many community service projects sponsored by the Rotary clubs on Maui. The eight clubs on Maui are a part of Rotary Internationals’ global network of more than 32,000 clubs in 207 countries. Rotary International consists of 1.2 million professional men and women who, as civic leaders, volunteer to improve the quality of life in their home and world communities.

For more information about Rotary clubs on Maui, contact Harbison at 283-3785.

Article Photos

A student at Kamali‘i School uses the new dictionary she received from the Rotary Club of Kïhei Sunrise.



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