Ro­tary brings words to life . . .

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner -

Your sup­port for our Ro­tary fundrais­ing events is al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated. In turn we are de­lighted to be able to tell you about the dif­fer­ence the money makes to our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Wer­ring­ton Ro­tary has a num­ber of projects that in­volve work­ing with chil­dren, mainly in pri­mary schools. Plant­ing of cro­cus bulbs is part of the End Po­lio Now cam­paign. Sup­port­ing Kids Out, an event tak­ing dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren to Wick­steed Park, is another ex­am­ple.

The club also sup­ports chil­dren at school, mak­ing those for­ma­tive years spe­cial and mem­o­rable. What makes the chil­dren in this pho­to­graph spe­cial? They are ex­tra spe­cial be­cause, hav­ing com­pleted year six, they were pre­sented at their leav­ing as­sem­bly with an Us­borne Dic- tionary for Life in­scribed with their own name. They are all from Raven­sthorpe School. Chil­dren at Peter­bor­ough School, Cas­tor and John Clare, Help­ston also re­ceived a copy. It is part of a project ini­ti­ated by the Wer­ring­ton club who be­lieve it is im­por­tant that stu­dents have a re­minder of their school days, some­thing to keep which is use­ful through­out life. The Ro­tary club con­sid­ers the art of read­ing and writ­ing to be very im­por­tant.

As well as hav­ing the re­cip­i­ent’s name in­scribed us­ing spe­cial cal­lig­ra­phy pens the front page of each dic­tionary is left blank to al­low pupils to col­lect sig­na­tures of all their friends from school. The Wer­ring­ton club adds a plate stat­ing that they do­nated the dic­tionary. Hope­fully in later life some of th­ese stu­dents will be en­cour­aged to help or join Ro­tary, or their par­ents will want to learn more.

Per­haps all chil­dren leav­ing year six should re­ceive a copy. Al­though com­put­ers use spell check the in­dex fin­ger is not as mighty as the brain. Would you like your school to be in­volved next year?

Ram­sey Ro­tary pre­sented The Crunch Club with £500 to fur­ther their ac­tiv­i­ties. The club cov­ers the 11 to 16 age group. Their 78 mem­bers can vol­un­teer to un­der­take a train­ing scheme ul­ti­mately to be­come a qual­i­fied Youth Worker. Their other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude dis­abil­ity aware­ness, break danc­ing, cook­ing nights, steel drum and DJ work­shops also safety aware­ness train­ing. Re­cent train­ing ad­dressed Drug and Al­co­hol aware­ness, First Aid and Child Pro­tec­tion which at­tracted an award from the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sion­ers.

All very worth­while projects.

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