December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The joy etched on the children’s faces said it all.
With more than 900 illustrated dictionaries delivered for free to pupils at schools across Lowestoft this week, as part of a new project aimed at improving literacy levels, there were smiles aplenty as the youngsters received their own personalised copies.
As previously reported, the three Lowestoft-based Rotary Clubs are working with local primary schools to improve literary skills. With new figures suggesting that child literacy levels in the town are below the regional and national averages, this week Rotarians handed out the dictionaries in a series of presentations.
With sponsorship from Karpet Kingdom and Persimmon Homes, the Rotary Clubs bought the dictionaries, which retail at £14.99 each and are suitable for children aged nine, as part of the Dictionaries4Life project.
And this week, children at Grove, Fen Park, St Margaret’s, Westwood, Somerleyton, Corton, St Mary’s, Northfield, Oulton Broad, Meadow, Carlton Colville, Woods Loke, Gunton, Pakefield, Roman Hill, Poplars, Dell, Blundeston, Kessingland and Elm Tree Primary Schools and the Ashley School Academy all received the Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries4Life.
At the presentations to the year three pupils, Rotary representatives said the project had been “very well received” by staff at the 21 schools and the children themselves.
Co-ordinator of the Lowestoft D4L project, Rotarian Paul Tabiner said: “The children were absolutely bowled over when they received the books. We are really heartened by it all.”
The three Rotary clubs will soon be evaluating this year’s project, as they plan for next year. Mr Tabiner said: “The local Rotary Clubs can only undertake this project with the valued financial support of our sponsors. We are hopeful that they and other sponsors will support the project in the years ahead.”
Any company interested in sponsoring future projects should call Mr Tabiner on 01502 587705 or e-mail email@example.com