Pupils book time after gifts
OH my word. Youngsters at Oakwood Primary School in Cheltenham couldn't wait to get their hands on these glossy new dictionaries.
More than 50 reception class children at the Cotswold Road school, aged four and five, were thrilled to bits after being handed the books for the first time yesterday.
The early Christmas present came courtesy of the Rotary Club of Cheltenham Sunrise, which donates them to help with literacy.
Deputy headteacher David Hill thanked Rotary members on behalf of the school.
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"This is a wonderful gesture by the Rotary members," he said. "The children will treasure these books.
"They couldn't wait to get home to show their mums and dads.
"We are really grateful as we see them as a critical learning tool. Many thanks go to Rotary."
As well as using the dictionaries in class, the young learners can take them home with them.
Joan Thomson, a Rotary member who organised the donation, said: "We get a big thrill out of seeing the children receive their books and Sunrise Rotary members fully support this worthwhile project.
"It forms part of our important community work which we get involved in throughout the year."