Wednesday, September 7, 2016

• Wildomar Rotary 3rd Grade Literacy Program 2016

This is the 5th year that Wildomar's Rotary Club has distributed dictionaries to the 3rd graders of the city as part of its Literacy Program. 
Rotarian Stewart Moore hands dictionaries to the students as they enter the Multi Purpose Room at Donald Graham Elementary.


In total, 70 dictionaries were given out to three classes of Donald Graham Elementary School third graders.
Rotarian Andy Morris speaks to about 60 DGE third graders.

The kids read the Rotary's 4 way test, which was affixed to the inside covers:
  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Wildomar Rotarians Mayor Bridgette Moore, Stewart Moore and Andy Morris.

Andy Morris related a story about how he too got a dictionary from a Rotary Club back in the 1970s, and how he used it all the way through his days at Cal State Fullerton. He encouraged the kids to hold onto it and use it often.

Sycamore Academy already received their complimentary dictionaries, and next up is Ronald Reagan Elementary and William Collier Elementary. Wildomar Elementary is at TBA status.
The back wall in the DGE MPR.
An added bonus to the Donald Graham experience was that all three of the teachers had one of those Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon...errr, I mean six degrees of separation moments.

As it happened, two of the teachers went to the same grammar school as Andy Morris (about a year apart), and the other teacher, Mr. Wiggs, is an old family friend of ours... though I hadn't seen in about 4 years.

It was also fun to meet a fellow Joseph, one of the lucky recipients.
I had to borrow this selfie that Andy Morris took with all the kids.

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— Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915

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