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Rotarians went back to school

By Kirsty Brown

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It has been a busy week for Turriff And District Rotary Club.

A group of volunteers headed out to Delgatie Castle where, undeterred by the seasonal temperatures, they set about planting more than 4000 purple crocus bulbs ready for next spring.

The planting of purple crocuses is an initiative by Rotary Club Of Great Britain And Ireland as part of their End Polio Now campaign.

Members planted around 4000 bulbs at Delgatie.
Members planted around 4000 bulbs at Delgatie.

Then on Wednesday evening the group headed to Fyvie Primary School where they led the Turriff stage of the Rotary Clubs' primary School quiz.

In total 13 teams from eight primary schools in the Turriff Academy catchment area took part in the event, with primary six and seven pupils putting their brains to work in the hopes of winning a pass to the next stage.

In the final rounds there was only two points separating the top teams and as the quiz headed into its final round there were six teams who could walk away with the title, so it really did come down to the very last point.

After a snack break, it was Monquhitter B who were announced to be the winning team with 95 points, with Turriff Primary School B taking second place with 94 points.

All pupils were congratulated on their incredible efforts, and Monquhitter are now looking forward to going forward to represent Turriff at the Aberdeenshire stage of the quiz early next year.

The group also used the gathering of the quiz to share the story of The Lost Words, a beautifully illustrated book which Rotary Clubs are helping to distribute to primary and secondary schools across Scotland.

It is thanks to a crowdfunding campaign by Jane Beaton which raised over £25,000 that every school in Scotland will now receive a copy of The Lost Words for their school library.

In a note included in the book, Jane explains: "When I first saw this book I thought it was magical and I wanted to share it with all the children and young people in Scotland so that they would be nspired to draw amazing pictures and create spells about the wildlife and nature they have around them.

"I decided that the best way to do that was to buy a copy of the book for every school in Scotland, but I worked out I would need over £25,000 to do that which was more than I could afford; sostarted an online campaign using Twitter and Crowdfunder and asked people to help me buy enough books.

"In just a couple of months I had enough money to buy one book for every school.

"This one is for our school and I hope you will all enjoy looking at the pictures and reading the spells and finding your own little bit of magic inside its pictures."

Turriff Rotarians have been handing out copies of The Lost Words to every school in their area. Picture: Kirsty Brown
Turriff Rotarians have been handing out copies of The Lost Words to every school in their area. Picture: Kirsty Brown

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