Dictionaries in Schools

Dictionaries in Schools is a global initiative of past Rotary International President, Bill Boyd, who is a New Zealander.

It is a part of the ongoing goal of Rotary International for the development of literacy worldwide, and is a nationwide Rotary initiative in New Zealand.

As a Rotary Club we can purchase these excellent illustrated dictionaries from Usborne at a very reduced cost and we have then gifted them to each child in Year 5 at Petone Central School for them to take home and keep. 

The dictionary contains over 1000 superb colour illustrations, has friendly text designed for people from 9 years of age to 90, and would retail for over $30.00.

We can also sell these dictionaries to club members or other interested people, and in the future we may wish to look at adding another school to our gifting of these dictionaries.

A little more information is available here. 

The project fits well with Rotary International's drive for literacy development to be a major goal worldwide.


The picture shows 5 of 35 students from Petone Central School who were gifted Illustrated Usborne Dictionaries as part of Rotary’s, Dictionaries in Schools project. Each dictionary has a personalised address and is accompanied by a letter of congratulations on the child’s achievements, which is sent home to their family.