Winona Co. and Rushford third-grade students receive free dictionaries


The Rotary Club of Winona is again delivering a free dictionary to every third-grade student at private, public and charter schools in Winona County, as well as the public schools in Rushford.

This is the 15th year for the delivery, which was delayed this year because of COVID concerns. Still, the Rotary Club of Winona wanted to make sure students did get a dictionary in hand before the end of the school year. The Rotary Club of Winona hopes to get out earlier next school year to get these valuable resources in the hands of students.

Rotary believes in “service above self,” and each dictionary includes the Rotary four-way test: one, is it the truth? Two, is it fair to all concerned? Three, will it build good will and better friendship? And four, will it be beneficial to all concerned?

This year nearly 470 dictionaries are planned for delivery. Over the course of the dictionary project, well over 7,000 dictionaries have been distributed to the county’s third-grade students. It is just one of the projects that Rotary has sponsored to improve the lives of county residents. Other ongoing projects include Feed My Starving Children, and the popular Ride the Ridges event, which is back again this September. Be sure to watch for more information in the coming months.

For more information, feel free to contact Dictionary Project Chair Rod Baker at, or Rotary co-presidents Carrie McGhee at or Jeni Arnold at


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