Words worth a thousand pictures
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.