Words worth a thou­sand pic­tures

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By LAURA McLEAY

Kids love to learn.

With this in mind, the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata do­nated a per­son­alised illustrated dic­tio­nary to each child in room seven at Firth Pri­mary School and room nine at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School last Wed­nes­day.

The Us­borne Illustrated Dic­tio­nary, with more than a thou­sand colour il­lus­tra­tions, gives chil­dren who learn vis­ually a chance to de­velop their vo­cab­u­lary. Many of the words have ac­com­pa­ny­ing pic­tures along with de­tailed in­for­ma­tion and his­tory.

Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata com­mu­nity projects chair Owen Farmilo said chil­dren trea­sured a gift like a dic­tio­nary and of­ten spent hours just read­ing through it.

‘‘It is about see­ing young peo­ple hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to learn. It is just an­other chance for them and it is en­cour­ag­ing them to read.’’

When Mr Farmilo handed each child their own dic­tio­nary he was greeted with a big smile and a po­lite thank you. Many couldn’t wait to open up their dic­tio­nary and see what was in­side.

Molly Burgess-Munro, 9, said she was ex­cited. As she opened the first few pages, she found many new facts about New Zealand’s his­tory and was soon telling her peers all about it.

Firth School’s room seven teacher Andrew Mitchell said the dic­tio­nar­ies would be put to good use by many of the chil­dren.

‘‘It is re­ally amaz­ing to have these do­nated.’’

This is the third year Mata­mata Ro­tary has do­nated dic­tio­nar­ies to a school. A class is nom­i­nated by the school and the books are pre­sented. Mr Farmilo said Mata­mata Ro­tary put a lot of time into be­ing in­volved with com­mu­nity projects and youth pro­grammes and this was a part of it.

New words: From right, Molly Burgess-Munro, 9, Nikita Page, 9, and Jazmine Salter, 8, couldn’t wait to learn from their dic­tio­nar­ies.

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