Posted on Feb 17, 2021
Rotary Club of Ladner collaborated with the North Delta Rotary Club which requested our assistance in delivering 180 free dictionaries to elementary students in South Delta. North Delta Rotary has managed this project in recent years through in-person visit to the schools, not possible because of pandemic restrictions.
The international Dictionary Project aims to assist school students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so the focus is on elementary school children in the third grade.
Ladner Rotary's Local Community Projects Committee, led by Robert Silvester, worked with fellow club member, Avis Glaze, a recognized national and international education consultant, and they consulted Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of the Surrey School District and all 180 dictionaries were sent to school district's Welcome Centre which helps families, with children who are newcomers to Surrey, integrate into the Surrey School District and the community.
Bob Silvester says, "The refugees and immigrant families really like a 'book' as many do not have computer access. They were thrilled."