Literacy drive may move with the times

Last updated 08:49 21/02/2013
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DICTIONARY PROJECT: Rotarians and Mid and South Canterbury Community Trust representatives (from left) Don Galbraith, Liz Shea, Adrienne Barton, Clive Callow, Lynette Wilson and Kelvin Ayson load up dictionaries destined for year 4 students throughout South Canterbury.

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Dictionaries this year, tablets next?

Four years ago, South Canterbury's five Rotary Clubs combined for a project, aiming to provide each year 4 student in the region with an illustrated dictionary.

The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury financially supported the five-year project to the tune of almost $30,000, with Rotarians organising and undertaking the distribution of the dictionaries. This year around 625 students will receive a dictionary.

But though the project was always intended to last five years, Rotarian Lionel Wilson said they will be surveying teachers this year to ascertain whether the dictionaries are still the best way Rotary can assist with increasing student literacy.

Another option might be for electronic writing tablets to be provided instead, although that would be far more expensive, Mr Wilson said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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