Students in Shari Myers’ classroom get their first dictionaries in November, when North Bend Elementary School was the first to receive the books in Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club’s Words for Thirds program.
The Kiwanis have provided dictionaries for a decade, and every third grade student in the Snoqualmie Valley School District gets a book each autumn. Kiwanian Dave Humphrey distributed 100 dictionaries throughout four classrooms. Students are always excited and appreciative in receiving their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries stay in the classroom for the duration of the year, so that teachers can organize study experiences using the dictionaries frequently. At the end of the year, the dictionaries go home with the students. It is their personal property, and children use them for years to come.
Kiwanis raises money to finance this project through the sale of fireworks at stands in North Bend and Snoqualmie each year.