The Eagle-Garden City Rotary Club distributed a dictionary to every third grader in Star, Eagle, and Garden City during the month of November.
This program was made possible by grants from Mountain West Bank and Rotary District 5400 that covers southern Idaho. In all, the Rotarians distributed over 700 dictionaries to students in the eleven tri-cities area public, charter, and private schools.
The program began last year with the Rotary Club adding a community youth program. The club is one of the largest organizations in the valley, and encouraging literacy is one of three primary emphases of the Rotary International. The other two main focus points are eliminating polio world-wide and providing safe drinking water for those who need it.
President Gene de Laveaga and Rotarian Troy Knutson, both residents of Star, delivered about 90 dictionaries for all the third grade students at Star Elementary. The dictionaries are a great way to help encourage literacy and to gain a love of learning and language.
All of the students were extremely grateful and listened very carefully about all the information that they could receive from this special dictionary.
From the students and staff of Star Elementary, thank you to the Eagle-Garden City Rotary Club and Mountain West Bank.
The Eagle-Garden City Rotary Club currently has 16 members and meets at noon every Thursday at Plantation Country Club, except when a holiday falls on Thursday. If interested in joining us, please contact Gene de Laveaga in Star at 208-514-0329 or Dick Norquist in Garden City at 853-6162.