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Renton Rotary members give the gift of words to district 3rd-graders

Renton dictionary giveaway 2018 October 15, 2018 —More than 1,300 district third-graders are receiving the gift of words thanks to members of the Rotary Club of Renton. For more than a decade, Rotarians have provided a free student dictionary to every 3rd-grader in the district.


Rotary members are visiting schools throughout the district to personally present the dictionaries to students who will write their names in the books on a special sticker inside the front cover, and take the book home to use for homework, learn new words and facts, and share with family members. Many of the students receiving books today weren’t even born when Rotarians began the giveaway events in 2005.


The total cost for the books is more than $10,000 and represents the community’s commitment to early childhood education and the importance of having students read at grade level by third grade.


Students who previously received the dictionaries say they use the books with their siblings and, in some cases, to help teach English to family members. Other Renton Rotary initiatives include providing children with new coats in the winter and offering family’s free healthcare screening and treatment as part of the RotaCare project.