Year seven students in all government and private schools in Cayman will have no excuse for misspelled words.
The Rotary Club Sunrise program, Literacy Is For Everyone, or LIFE, has donated more than 600 Usborne Illustrated dictionaries to local schools.
Rotary Sunrise president JD Mosley-Matchett and literacy committee member Woody Foster presented the books to year seven students at John Gray High School last week.
Education Minister Tara Rivers, attending the event with Councillor Winston Connolly, spoke to the students on the importance of reading frequently and finding books that excite and interest them.
“My 3-year-old son’s favorite book is a picture dictionary which we read on a nightly basis,” she said. “I hope the students receiving their own personal copy of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary will enjoy the book for years to come.”
At the recently celebrated Literacy International Day, Rotary Sunrise literacy chair Andrea Bryan said the distribution of dictionaries was the club’s biggest contribution to literacy programs in schools.
The service club delivered dictionaries to other schools throughout the week.
Since 2011, Rotary Sunrise has delivered the United Kingdom version of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to all year seven students as part of the Dictionary 4 Life Project, an international initiative in support of universal literacy.