Thanks to a ‘Dictionary 4 Life’ project championed by Rotary Clubs across the country, some quarter of a million children have received a free copy of The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary over the past 4 years! The scheme is aimed primarily at Year 6 primary school leavers as a leaving gift or a “rite of passage” to secondary education.
The dictionary comprises 1,000 illustrations, 10,000 entries and 20,000 definitions printed in full colour. With school budgets increasingly being squeezed, Head Teachers have readily welcomed this book as a valuable and long lasting source of learning.
Locally, The Rotary Club of Carlton has participated in the scheme since its inception and recently donated over 150 dictionaries to the Burton Joyce Primary School, All Hallows Church of England Primary School, Gedling, Carlton Central Junior School and Netherfield Primary School. Each dictionary is personalised with the pupil’s name and the Rotary Club logo.
Joint Presidents Mick Ellis and Ian Scott, of the Rotary Club of Carlton, comment, ‘In this digital age, we feel it’s good to promote learning in the traditional way too. Our Club is committed to continue this project in future years and we are looking to supporting other schools in the area’.