Promoting Literacy and Education

Each year the North Colorado Springs Rotary Club presents over 2,000 third graders in Colorado Springs with their own hard cover dictionary.

Children's Dictionary

It is a beautiful book with all color
photographs. We provide these Children’s Dictionaries to third grade children in School District 11 Elementary Schools, in

Colorado Springs. 

Since 2003, through funding from the Foundation, the Rotary Club of North Colorado Springs provide over 2,000 dictionaries to 26 elementary schools in D-11 every year.

Impactful and Relevant

Some may say that people don’t use dictionaries any more, that they all use the computer.


That is not true with third graders. You never saw any child any more excited than these kids are when they get the first book that they ever owned, to take home and share with their families.


Why Dictionaries?

1 in 4 children in the United States grow up without learning to read. 

When it comes to literacy, studies show that vocabulary is one of the largest contributors to growth. Further, "having books in the home is twice as important as the father’s education level," according to Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 2010.  

By giving third graders their own dictionary, we are making a lasting impact on their opportunity for literacy and encouraging education.