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Community partners provide free dictionaries to McKinley third grade students

student at her desk holding open a dictionary (02/01/2024) Each year, the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) along with community partners Anoka, Coon Rapids and the Blaine/Ham Lake Rotary Clubs, the Ramsey and Dayton Lions Clubs, and Connexus Energy, donate dictionaries to every third grade student in the district. 

For more than 20 years, these organizations have provided roughly 2-4,000 dictionaries per school year to students across the district.

The dictionary also includes Braille and American Sign Language alphabets, information about the planets, as well as the longest English word and other fun features for students to discover.

On Jan. 30, members of the Rotary Club of Blaine and Ham Lake visited McKinley Elementary School to distribute dictionaries to third grade students.

View photos from the dictionary give away on Jan. 31 at McKinley.