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Murray Rotary Hands Out More Than 2,000 Dictionaries

Jan 16, 2015 11:30AM ● By City Journals Staff

Murray Rotarians, from left, Ron Jensen and Keith Hardy describe new dictionaries to students of Liberty Elementary.

Submitted by Brent Winget, Murray Rotary

Murray Rotary members recently delivered close to 2,000 dictionaries to third graders in Murray elementary schools, many schools in West Valley and Emery County.  For many third graders, this donated book is the first real book they have owned. 

Ron Jensen of Murray, who has been doing this for the past 11 years, accomplishes this huge monumental task quietly as a Murray Rotarian.  It is a project sponsored by Rotarians throughout the U.S. attempting to hand deliver to each third grader this powerful and personal book to each student.

Murray Rotary funds this project from an estate donation of Joyce A. Tornquist, who donated adequate funds to support this program for the foreseeable future.   

In Utah, there are 47 Rotarian Clubs, with 12 units within Salt Lake Valley each supporting this program.