Gift puts spellers on the write lines

Back row Gerald Raine and Graham Thompson from Hartlepool Rotary Club with Clavering Primary School headteacher Helen O'Brien and pupils from the school
Back row Gerald Raine and Graham Thompson from Hartlepool Rotary Club with Clavering Primary School headteacher Helen O'Brien and pupils from the school

SCHOOLCHILDREN have no excuses for bad spelling thanks to a kind donation from a community group.

All 31 primary schools in Hartlepool have had four illustrated dictionaries donated to them by Hartlepool Rotary Club – for the fourth year running.

The dictionaries were donated as part of Rotary International’s ongoing literacy programme to help local and international communities.

One of the initiatives is to supply illustrated English dictionaries to primary schools.

Hartlepool Rotary Club took up the challenege in 2009.

Since then nearly 500 dictionaries have been donated to the town’s schools.

Graham Thompson, Hartlepool Rotary Club’s community chairman, said: “We are delighted to be able to help primary schools in Hartlepool once again.

“The dictionaries are very popular and really do help young people improve their skills.”

Hartlepool Rotary Club is part of Rotary North East and has more than 40 members who meet weekly.

The club has undertaken a number of other projects this year, including helping with the Northern Games and staging a charity concert.

They also arrange activities for young people such as leadership courses and competitions in public speaking, photography and writing.

Mr Thompson added “We are always looking for new members to help us develop more projects such as the school dictionaries.

“We welcome men and women of all ages who are business, professional or community leaders.

“Anyone interested in joining is invited to visit the club’s website www.hartlepoolrotaryclub.org.uk”.