Indianola, Iowa
222 West Salem Ave.
Indianola, IA 50125

Service Above Self October 15, 2016

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Service Above Self, Indianola, Iowa

The past week has been one of encouragement for our future.

Rotary Club of Indianola has been a part of the Indianola Community since 1922.  During that time, the club has completed many projects in our city and help to make our community a better place to live.

This past week was no exception for two reasons. Youth and Youth literacy. 

For the past twelve plus years, Rotary Club of Indianola has purchased paperback ‘dictionaries’ through “The Dictionary Project”.  The Dictionary Project is a non-profit charitable organization based in Charleston, South CarolinaU.S.A., and was founded by Mary French in 1995 to provide personal copies of a dictionary for third grade students in the South Carolina public school system. It has grown into a national organization. To date, over 19 million dictionaries have been donated to children in the United States and internationally. It is funded through individual donations and by sponsors who implement the program in their local schools.

3rd Grade students are of an age when learning is all around them.  They are discovering themselves and now the world is beginning to open up to them as the learn to read and understand their language.  Dictionaries are a huge part of that learning process.

The dictionaries that our Rotary Club has provided to our 3rd Grade students each year, also include information about our Presidents, science tables, world maps, sign language, braille,the longest word in the English language and so much more.

Watching each student begin to explore their very own book, a dictionary, is truly a remarkable sight. 

Our Rotary Club is able to purchase the dictionaries from the proceeds of our Annual Book Sale, which is held during the Log Cabin Days Weekend at the City Library.  NOTE:  If you have books that you no longer wish to keep, you may deliver those books to the City Library.  Those books will be stored and made available to the public at next year’s book sale, with proceeds again used to purchase dictionaries and books at the city library.

What is the other Youth reason?  Rotary Youth Exchange! More about that later.

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