Rotary dishing out dictionaries

The Invercargill North Rotary Club were hard at work preparing and repacking 760 illustrated dictionaries for their distribution to Year 4 school pupils throughout Invercargill on Sunday.

THE Rotary Club of Invercargill North was hard at work on Sunday preparing copies of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary, which they donate annually to Year 4 pupils throughout Invercargill schools.

Project convener Anne McCracken said it was a real team effort getting the books prepared for distribution, which are specially printed for Rotary New Zealand by Usborne.

On Sunday, Invercargill North Rotary Club members gathered to prepare the books for distribution, which included unpacking them, writing the club’s name on the inside, inserting labels on the reverse side, and then repacking the books.

‘‘We have 760 dictionaries today. This year we’re down a bit because of raising the money, but we had been doing 900 [in previous years].’’

Each dictionary is colourfully illustrated and includes an index to aid in development of literacy and comprehension.

The Rotary club has been distributing dictionaries to schoolchildren annually since 2007.

‘‘Normally we make a wee ceremony of it, but that’s not going to happen this year.’’

Club president Robyn Jordan said receiving the dictionaries was almost a rite of passage for many school children that they do get them, though there would be no presentation ceremonies this year due to Covid.

‘‘I’m really proud of the support from the community and club members for this project that’s gone on for many years.’’