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Lowestoft area primary school pupils are presented with new dictionaries

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 October 2015

Dictionary 4 Life project in Lowestoft.The photograph shows L-R: Rotarian David Price, Marie Rodwell, deputy head teacher at Pakefield Primary School, Rotarian Richard Morling and Suffolk County councillor Sonia Barker with some of the Pakefield pupils who had received their dictionaries.

Dictionary 4 Life project in Lowestoft.The photograph shows L-R: Rotarian David Price, Marie Rodwell, deputy head teacher at Pakefield Primary School, Rotarian Richard Morling and Suffolk County councillor Sonia Barker with some of the Pakefield pupils who had received their dictionaries.

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Hundreds of dictionaries have been delivered to 21 primary schools in the Lowestoft area – thanks to the three town-based Rotary clubs.

Dictionary 4 Life project in Lowestoft. Roger Harrod and Andy Fuller, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, attended the presentation at Westwood Primary School. The photo shows Roger on the left and Andy on the right, with some of the pupils ready to receive their dictionaries.Dictionary 4 Life project in Lowestoft. Roger Harrod and Andy Fuller, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, attended the presentation at Westwood Primary School. The photo shows Roger on the left and Andy on the right, with some of the pupils ready to receive their dictionaries.

Every pupil in year-three at primary schools across the town has been presented with their own copy of an illustrated dictionary as part of an ongoing project to improve child literacy levels.

With a recommended retail price of £14.99 – which would mean a total cost of almost £15,000 to buy one for every year three pupil – this project has only been made possible because of the bulk buying by Rotary Clubs throughout the world, along with the generosity of sponsors locally.

The dictionaries arrived in Lowestoft in May and were delivered to the schools last month. Rotarians visited all the schools to present each year three pupils with the dictionaries.

This is the fifth year that the Rotary Clubs have presented dictionaries. It has ensured that about 3,600 primary school children have their very own Dictionary 4 Life.

Dictionaries can open world of words

This year Roger Harrod and Andy Fuller, managing director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, attended the presentation at Westwood Primary School, while Sonia Barker helped present the dictionaries at Pakefield, Carlton Colville, St Mary’s and Blundeston Primary Schools. Mrs Barker said: “It is a privilege to be able to use my locality budget for such a worthwhile and educational project such as this literacy project organised by the Lowestoft Rotary Clubs. For every pupil in year-three across Lowestoft to be given their own Dictionary 4 Life is to open a door into a world of words and all the imaginative possibilities that can offer to each child.” The Rotary Clubs are encouraging the schools to enter pupils in a Rotary young writer’s competition.

The sponsors include the PYE Foundation, Roger Harrod’s Karpet and Furniture Kingdom in Lowestoft and Persimmon Homes Anglia, while Suffolk county councillor Sonia Barker gave part of her locality budget.

Co-ordinator of the Lowestoft Dictionary 4 Life project, Rotarian Paul Tabiner, said: “We are delighted that once again we have been able to support our local primary schools in their efforts to improve child literacy levels.

“The pupils are always absolutely thrilled to receive their very own illustrated dictionary and we hope to be able to continue this project for many years to come.”

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