Fifteen members of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley presented free 524-page dictionaries to more than 1,800 third-grade students in District 196.
The club covers 15 elementary schools in Apple Valley, Eagan and Burnsville. It also provides dictionaries to about five churches in the school district that teach third-graders. The Rosemount Lions club covers the schools in Rosemount.
Each of the dictionaries costs about $2 and the Rotary Club spends approximately $4,000 annually on the project. Funds for the project come from the annual sale of car raffle tickets, which raised $34,000 last year.
The Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at Enjoy restaurant in Apple Valley. For more information, contact David Kingsbury at (952) 432-4388.