Leatherhead Rotary Club presented around 50 copies of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to Year 6 pupils at Leatherhead Trinity School in Surrey.
The dictionaries will assist the pupils with their studies during their final year at the school as well as their future secondary education.
‘Dictionary 4 Life’ is a special project set up by the Rotary Club of Battersea, Brixton and Clapham in conjunction with Usborne Publishing Ltd.
It is part of Rotary International’s global literacy campaign, with the aim of providing as many Year 6 pupils as possible throughout Great Britain and Ireland with their own illustrated dictionary, courtesy of their local Rotary club.
Almost 100,000 dictionaries are now donated each year to primary school pupils throughout Great Britain and Ireland.”
Every dictionary is personalised with the recipient’s name, together with the name of the Rotary club that donated it and the date it was presented.
There is also a special page at the front of each dictionary where pupils can collect each other’s autographs, thereby also making it a unique timeless memento of their time at the school.
Almost 100,000 dictionaries are now donated each year to primary school pupils throughout Great Britain and Ireland.
Leatherhead Rotary spokesperson, Simon Edmands, said he was delighted that the club was able to help the school and its pupils in this way.
He added: “Youth and literacy are two of Rotary’s biggest and most important programmes, so it is great to be able to combine them in such a simple yet effective way.”
In London, Paddington Rotary worked closely with Westminster Academy Interact Club to present 250 personalised, illustrated dictionaries to the students. This is the 11th anniversary of the presentation.
Zainab, who is the Interact Club President and Agnese, the Vice President, are Year 12 students at Westminster Academy.
Youth and literacy are two of Rotary’s biggest and most important programmes.”
They said: “We felt honoured to present the Year 7 cohort with their illustrated dictionaries, as it signified knowledge being given and highlighted the school’s eagerness for them to succeed academically.
“It was inspiring to see how eager they were to acquire knowledge.
“Simply knowing we have contributed to increasing their academic rigor is motivating to us and shows the huge impact generated from simple actions like this.
“Furthermore, this response indicates how important and valuable events like this are to young people and their future accomplishments. We would like to thank the Rotary Club for providing the dictionaries and investing in their education.”
For further information about the ‘Dictionary 4 Life’ project, visit their website.