Gift of dictionaries from Rotary Sunrise boosts junior literacy

Students in government primary schools got a boost on Literacy Day last week when the Rotary Sunrise Club donated almost 700 illustrated dictionaries to all Year Five students. 

“The club’s support with this very important resource will enable students to improve their literacy skills,” the acting chief education officer in the Education Ministry, Lyneth Monteith, said in a press release. Literacy Day celebrations were held Sept. 8 at the Bodden Town Primary School, where Rotary Sunrise has adopted the library as its special project. 

The day involved readings and presentations from Sunrise Club’s president, Christine Matthews, Vice President Gina McBryan, Literacy Director Su Mander, Secretary Martha Connolly, Communications Director Patrick Kreitlow and past President Hendrik van Genderen, as well as Education Ministry Councilor Winston Connolly. Also present were the school’s principal, June Elliott, and deputy principal, Kimberly Litrico. 

“We at Bodden Town Primary School are very grateful to the Rotary Sunrise Club for their kind donation of the dictionaries to our Year Five students,” Ms. Elliott said. “We appreciate their commitment to improving our school library, and anticipate the progress that our students will make in reading as a result of their efforts.” 

Mr. Connolly commended all involved in the effort to enhance reading and writing in the school system. 

“Events like this remind us how important literacy is to building confidence in our young people,” he said. 

Alyssa Bush receives a dictionary from Education Ministry Councilor Winston Connolly in the company of Sunrise Club President Christine Matthews, left, and Literacy Director Su Mander.

Alyssa Bush receives a dictionary from Education Ministry Councilor Winston Connolly in the company of Sunrise Club President Christine Matthews, left, and Literacy Director Su Mander.
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