Free dictionaries to Webling, next up Lehua Elementary, Palisades Elementary


Rotary Club of Pearlridge community volunteers stopped in at Webling Elementary School in Aiea on Wednesday, March 13 to deliver free dictionaries to 66 third grade students and their teachers.

The free dictionaries are distributed each year to third grade students representing five elementary schools in Pearl City and Aiea. The dictionaries are presented by the Rotary Club of Pearlridge as a part of the annual Hawaii Rotary District 5000 Dictionary Project.

On Wednesday, third grade teachers, Mrs. Lynn Yasutomi. Ms. JoAnn Nakashima and Mr. Dayton Labanon, along with their third grade students, welcomed the Pearlridge Rotarians to their classroom with a beautiful lei and gifts. The students also performed a song in Hawaiian to say mahalo to the Rotarians for their generosity.

Pearlridge Rotarian Clifton Yasutomi was given a very special opportunity to be  the lead presenter in his mom's class, third grade teacher Mrs. Lynn Yasutomi.

As an incentive for the students to fully utilize and learn from their new dictionaries, the Rotary Club of Pearlridge will award a $100 savings bonds to one boy and one girl that best exemplifies Rotary International's "Service Above Self" and the Principles of the "Four Way Test".

1.  Is it the truth;
2.  Is it fair to all concerned,
3.  Will it bring good will and better friendships
4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned.

Each dictionary includes the "Four Way Test" which is attached to the inside cover for the third grade students to follow.

Mahalo to Rotary Club of Pearlridge members; Dick Mosko, Jeff Oya, CliftonTasutomi, Rick Lau, Jarrett Oshiro and Barry Villamil for being a part of the dictionary presentations at Webling Elementary School.

Also mahalo to Webling Elementary School Principal Sherry Yamada, third grade teachers  Mrs. Lynn Yasutomi, Ms. JoAnn Nakashima and Mr. Dayton Labanon and especially to all the third grade students.

The Rotary Club of Pearlridge continues on with the District 5000 Dictionary Project presentations on Friday, March 15 at Lehua Elementary School and Palisades Elementary School in Pearl City.

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Webling Elementary third grade teachers Mrs. Lynn Yasutomi (far left), Ms. JoAnn Nakashima (next to Ms. Yasutomi) and Mr. Dayton Labanon (next to Ms. Nakashima)  pose for a photo with a few of the third grade students holding their dictionaries, and Rotary Club of Pearlridge members; Dick Mosko, Jeff Oya, CliftonYasutomi, Rick Lau and Jarrett Oshiro.

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

This happy  third grader was next in line to receive a free dictionary from Pearlridge Rotarian Dick Mosko.

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Clifton Yasutomi presents the students with a list of words that they were asked to look up in their new dictionaries.

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

I know I can find it!

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Found it!

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Mr. Labanon plays the ukulele as the third graders perfomed in Hawaiian to the group of visiting Pearlridge Rotarians.

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

The students sang their hearts out to say mahalo to the Pearlridge Rotarians for their generosity.