Elmgrove School year 4 pupils (from left) Maddison McGrath (9), Tegan Hunter (8) and Rylee McCabe (9) on Thursday read dictionaries given to them by Mosgiel and Taieri Rotary Clubs. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Pupils were lost for words when given dictionaries by the
Mosgiel and Taieri Rotary Clubs.
Mosgiel club member Mike Lord said the clubs had given 224
dictionaries to year 4 pupils in Mosgiel, Outram, Lee Stream
and Middlemarch in the past few weeks.
The project was in its second year and 259 dictionaries were
given last year, he said.
''Rotarians believe it's important kids learn to read and
write,'' Mr Lord said.
Members gave 40 dictionaries to pupils at Elmgrove School in
Mosgiel on Thursday and received thank-you letters from
pupils and parents.
For some pupils, the dictionary was the first book they had
Many children leafed through their book, captivated by
illustrations of items including helicopters and missiles.
''They find all the things that spin their wheels pretty
quickly,'' Mr Lord said.