Dictionaries for 3rd Graders

Olivet Elementary 3rd graders receiving their dictionaries January 2013

In January 2000, the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, through its “Rotary Dictionaries for Kids” Project, raised $25,000 to purchase brand new MacMillan dictionaries to give to nearly 2,000 third grade children and their teachers in Santa Rosa. The Rotary club of Santa Rosa Foundation has delivered dictionaries to every third grade student at the Santa Rosa elementary schools every year since. Every January more than 60 Rotarians hand-deliver dictionaries to 30 elementary schools in Santa Rosa. Our goal is a simple one: we want to encourage children to be curious about learning and to help them incorporate reading into their lives.

  • From Actual emails in 2018

Parent of 3rd Grader: My daughter got a dictionary from your rotary so neat!

Rotary Treasurer: Thank you for the thought.  Our Club does about 1,800 dictionaries for 3rd graders.  Do you think the gift of a paper dictionary is appropriate in this day and age of everything being “on line”?

Parent of 3rd Grader: That’s a lot of dictionaries! And yes I do, she loved it and I think good for kids to know how to look up in one the old fashioned way. She had fun reading it and tagged pages on stuff that she thought was interesting. Definitely still appropriate.

Here are some pictures of 3rd graders at Schaefer Elementary School in Coffey Park receiving their dictionaries (2018)

 

Here is a video of the 3rd grade classes at Olivet Elementary receiving their dictionaries

 Pictures

Dictionaries being loaded into Troy Carrington's truck Dictionaries being l...
Dictionaries being loaded into Troy Carrington's truck Dictionaries being l...
Lots of dictionaries Lots of dictionaries
Monroe Elementary 3rd graders getting their dictionaries Monroe Elementary 3r...
Monroe Elementary 3rd graders getting their dictionaries Monroe Elementary 3r...
Cardinal Newman Interact members Paige Amormino, CN '15 and Josh Gluch, CN '13 delivering dictionaries to third graders at Riebli School with school principal Mrs. Fran Hansell. Cardinal Newman Inte...
Cardinal Newman Interact members Paige Amormino, CN '15 and Josh Gluch, CN '13 delivering dictionaries to third graders at Riebli School. Cardinal Newman Inte...
Cardinal Newman Interact members Paige Amormino, CN '15 and Josh Gluch, CN '13 delivering dictionaries to third graders at Riebli School. Cardinal Newman Inte...
Cardinal Newman Interact members Paige Amormino, CN '15 and Josh Gluch, CN '13 delivering dictionaries to third graders at Riebli School. Cardinal Newman Inte...
Jeff Gospe at Madrone Elementary Jeff Gospe at Madron...
Sam McMillan presenting to Brin Andre at Jack London Elementary Sam McMillan present...
"Papa Steve" Olson presenting to grand-daughter Aubryanna Cordova at Jack London Elementary "Papa Steve&quo...
Kawana Springs Charter Elementary School Kawana Springs Chart...
Kawana Springs Charter Elementary School Kawana Springs Chart...
Kim Murphy provides a dictionary to a happy third grader at Kawana Springs Charter Elementary School Kim Murphy provides ...
Kawana Springs Charter Elementary School Kawana Springs Chart...
Kawana Springs Charter Elementary School Kawana Springs Chart...

For more information contact:

Sam McMillan

samsway@att.net