Since September 2013, the nine Rotary clubs on Maui (Kahului, Kihei Sunrise, Kihei-Wailea, Lahaina, Lahaina-Sunrise, Maui, Valley Isle Sunset, Upcountry and Wailuku) presented dictionaries to 2,600 third-graders at 36 public and private schools and children's groups in Maui County.
According to Assistant District Governors Joanne Laird and Hugh Chare, "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's 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 island-wide Dictionary Project was one of the many community service projects sponsored by the Rotary clubs on Maui.
Third-graders at Kīhei Elementary School proudly are excited about their new dictionaries donated by the Rotary Club of Kīhei Sunrise.
The nine clubs on Maui are a part of Rotary Internationals' global network of more than 34,200 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 further information about this project and Rotary clubs on Maui, contact Laird at 757-0981 or Chare at 268-2741.