Mosgiel Rotary member Mike Lord gives the first dictionary to Nicole O'Brien (8) on Monday, while her St Mary's School mates await their turn. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Mosgiel school pupils have been getting their words' worth
More than 200 eight and nine-year-olds are being given a
dictionary this week as part of a Mosgiel Rotary project.
''It's a project that has happened in other parts of the
country, but it's never been done here before,'' Mosgiel
Rotary president John Seddon said on Monday.
''There is a lot of emphasis on computers these days, but a
lot of kids have never had a book of their own.''
Mosgiel Rotary members raised $2300 to give a dictionary to
each of the 230 year 4 pupils in the greater Taieri area and
began distributing the reference books at St Mary's School on
''We want to make it possible for every person to read and
write. It opens so many doors in life,'' Mosgiel Rotary
member and youth and vocation committee chairman Mike Lord
''We hope it becomes an ongoing annual project.''
St Mary's School principal Mike Brosnahan said the pupils
were delighted with Mosgiel Rotary's generosity.
''You've only got to look at their faces. They're all
grinning from ear to ear,'' he said.
''It's a brilliant idea and it can only enhance their general
knowledge and learning.''
Dictionaries are also being delivered to year 4 pupils this
week at the Silverstream, Elm Grove, East Taieri,
Middlemarch, Lee Stream, Westmount and Amana schools.