Des Moines Rotarians deliver illustrated dictionaries to 3rd graders


Des Moines Elementary students read their new dictionaries.


Rotarian Rolly Mupas helped deliver dictionaries to students.

Story & Photos courtesy Highline Public Schools

This month, Des Moines Rotarians visited every Highline elementary school in their city and came bearing gifts: a beautifully illustrated children’s dictionary for each third grader.

The children gasped with delight when they were told the dictionaries are for them to keep and take home with them.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines has been distributing dictionaries to third-grade students for over a decade at North Hill, Midway, Parkside, and Des Moines Elementary Schools, as well as Woodmont Elementary in the Federal Way School District.

“At one school, I asked how many students had an older sibling who had received a dictionary from Rotary,” said Rotarian Brian Snure. “Nearly every hand went up.”

The dictionary project is just one way the club supports Highline students. It also provides musical instruments to low-income children through Highline Music4Life, funds a yearly college scholarship for a Mount Rainer High School student, supports sports participation fees and other projects through the Highline Schools Foundation, and contributes funds for special field trips and opportunities.

The Des Moines Rotary raises most of the funds for these projects at the Poverty Bay Wine Festival, happening this weekend at the historic Landmark Event Center.

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