Rotary gifts mean a lot

Mosgiel Rotary member Mike Lord gives the first dictionary to Nicole O'Brien (8) on Monday, while...
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 this week.

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 Monday.

''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 said.

''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.

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