HUNDREDS of children were presented with dictionaries in a scheme run by the Rotary Club of Aireborough.

A total of 350 dictionaries were distributed to pupils at 11 primary schools in Aireborough and Horsforth.

The Rotary club has been running the Dictionaries4Life project for a number of years.

Spokesman Robert Mirfield said: “Members are always keen to participate as improving literacy worldwide remains one of Rotary’s prime targets and club members also regularly volunteer within schools to listen to pupils read.

“Each presentation also enables members to tell pupils something about Rotary’s work both in the community and internationally and to encourage them to look out for Rotary at local events.”

He added: “Pupils evidently look forward to the time when they receive their own dictionaries and it was particularly heartening to hear pupils saying that they were following their brothers and sisters who had received dictionaries in previous years.

“Handing over the dictionaries to each pupil is a pleasurable task in itself as the pictures show but the main enjoyment comes from seeing them immediately leafing through the books to find a topic in which they have particular interest.”

The schools involved were - St. Oswald’s, Guiseley, Yeadon Westfield Junior, Rufford Park Primary, Rawdon St. Peter’s C. of E. Primary, St. Margaret’s C. of E. Primary, Broadgate Primary, Newlaithes Junior, Queensway Primary, St. Peter and Paul, Featherbank School and Guiseley Primary.