with dictionaries presented to 3rd grade students. The Rock Island Elks Lodge #980 presented over 500 dictionaries to every third grade student to the Rock Island-Milan School District last week before intersession break. The organization has provided dictionaries to the school district every year which supports the Elks' service mission of enhancing education in the Rock Island-Milan School District. Organizers Rae Marie Jurmu, Dave Jurmu and Stephanie Anderson personally visited each of the schools to hand out the dictionaries to the students. "We believe it is important for students to have their own dictionary as they continually develop their language and reading skills," says Rae Marie Jurmu.

The students were very grateful for the Elks' generosity and many couldn't believe the books were for them to keep. The Elks came away from the experience with a great deal of satisfaction mostly from the outpouring of excitement and appreciation from the students.

Support the River Cities' Reader

Help Keep the Reader Alive and Free Since '93!


"We're the River Cities' Reader, and we've kept the Quad Cities' only independently owned newspaper alive and free since 1993. Now we find our ability to continue providing all the features you love in serious jeopardy without the financial support of our readers.

So please help the Reader keep going with your one-time, monthly, or annual support. With your financial support the Reader can continue providing uncensored, non-scripted, and independent journalism alongside the Quad Cities' area's most comprehensive cultural coverage." - Todd McGreevy, Publisher