Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 24, 2019
For decades the Silverdale Rotary Club has maintained strong ties with the Central Kitsap School District (CKSD), and during the past 11 years the Silverdale Rotary Club has teamed with the East Bremerton Rotary Club to deliver American Heritage hard cover dictionaries to every 3rd grader in all 12 elementary schools in the CKSD.  That's over 9,000 dictionaries!  Each Club covers six schools.  
 
Pictured: Cougar Valley Elementary School on March 20
 
Thanks to our generous sponsors and the community who purchased Duck Tickets for the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, our Club purchased and delivered over 400 dictionaries this year to eager 3rd graders and grateful staff.
 
Rotarians immensely enjoy passing out the books and interacting with the students, explaining about Rotary, and briefly exploring the dictionaries. 
Pictured: Rotarians Kim Peterson, Steven Boe, and Rich Arper at Cougar Valley Elementary
 
In the video below, Rotarian Kim Peterson and the students read and understand the Rotary Four Way Test on the label on the inside covers.
 
Some highlights from 2019:
 
  • We love the comment we received on our Facebook page: “My son has been looking forward to receiving his dictionary for a couple of years! Thank you for this!”
  • Rotarian Erin Shannon, whose son is in 3rd grade at Silver Ridge Elementary, was in his classroom doing the presentation and gave him his very own dictionary! 
     
  • Quote from a 4th grader at Silverdale Elementary when asked if he used his dictionary: “Yes, I take it with me, and I look stuff up!” 

    Our point exactly - that says it all!
Pictured at Clear Creek Elementary School on March 1: Rotarian Nicole Stephens, unidentified Teacher, Rotarian Kim Peterson
 
Pictured at Silver Ridge Elementary School: Rotarian Mary Hoover, unidentified Teacher, Rotarians Ed Ahrens and Scott Slocum