Supported by Ealing Rotary for the last two years, Dictionaries 4 life is one of our smaller projects but an integral initiative for our club.
A ‘Dictionary 4 Life’ is a beautiful illustrated dictionary, targeted primarily at year six school leavers. As part of Rotary International’s overall Literary intitiatives, the idea is to award it to children moving to secondary school. The intention is for the dictionary to support the child throughout their secondary school education, hopefully simulating a lifelong interest in language, books and learning.
Each dictionary is personalised with the child’s name and presented to each pupil as part of a special ceremony, normally part of the final school assembly of the year.
For each of the last two years, we have invited St John’s primary school in West Ealing to participate in this scheme. The staff have been very enthusiastic about their pupils being recipients of this great gift, and as you will see from the photos below, the children themselves have loved receiving their own personalised dictionary.
As result of its success in its first year, last year we decided to also present a dictionary to each of the children attending the Sofale project, the Somalian education support initiative that was one of our chosen community projects for 2008-2009.
We expect to continue to support this project annually and and our prediction is that it will continue to be received as enthusiastically as it has been so far.
Some photos from last year’s dictionary presentations
Simeon personalises the gifts President Sarah Ball presents the dictionaries Pupils autograph each other's books