Gift books bring smiles

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A Porirua Ro­tary pres­i­dent was mobbed like a rock star when she gifted 50 dic­tio­nar­ies to Glen­view School kids last Tues­day.

Kylie Wi­hapi of Ro­tary’s Sun­down Porirua chap­ter was sur­rounded by a throng of pupils beg­ging for her au­to­graph in their brand new books.

‘‘The kids get re­ally ex­cited and they think it’s great,’’ Mrs Wi­hapi said.

A to­tal of 276 new il­lus­trated dic­tio­nar­ies will be given to pupils at seven decile one schools in Porirua East this month – Glen­view, Corinna, Can­nons Creek, Holy Fam­ily, Maraeroa, Na­tone Park, Tairangi and Wind­ley.

The dic­tio­nar­ies cost $30 each in shops.

They are for chil­dren to take home, while two will go to each school’s li­brary, Mrs Wi­hapi said.

‘‘ We’re help­ing them not only at school but at home,’’ she says.

‘‘ These are the kinds of things they can be proud of. We be­lieve it’s ben­e­fi­cial to them, es­pe­cially for low decile kids.’’

Glen­view’s year 3 to 6 stu­dents were over the moon about their gifts.

‘‘It’s awe­some. It’ll help me with my home­work,’’ Te Horowai Makatea said.

Pupil Ti­mothy Davies reck­ons he’s got a good enough vo­cab­u­lary to act as a hu­man dic­tionary for his school­mates but even he was stumped by words like ‘‘ chro­ma­tol­ogy’’ and ‘‘breathal­yse’’.

Glen­view deputy prin­ci­pal Lester Mohi said the dic­tio­nar­ies would be a huge boost.

‘‘We’re all tal­ented bud­ding writ­ers here and we know your gift will help us along the way,’’ he told Mrs Wi­hapi.

Page turn­ers: Div­ing into their free dic­tio­nar­ies from Ro­tary are Glen­view pupils Jerico Koia, 7, Te Horowai Makatea, 10, and Ngun­borzi Hlawnch­ing, 8.

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