Gift books bring smiles
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.