ROTARIANS PROVIDE BACKPACKS LOADED WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES
February 24, 2015
An essential aspect of being a successful student is having the right supplies to take notes, do homework and complete assignments on time. For the past 4 years, Troy Rotary members and the faculty at Heywood Elementary School have worked together to provide those supplies to students in need. “This is one of the programs we rely on to help the kids keep focused on learning each day during the school year,” stated Maurice Sadler, principal of Heywood. He added that the “Winter Wear” project to supply coats, hats, scarves and gloves to children at the school who may need warm clothing is another program from the Heywood-Troy Rotary partnership that has been very successful.
For the backpack program, Heywood teachers and faculty identify students who would benefit from having the school supplies, based on a number of different criteria. Rotarian Patrick Titterington and his committee review the requests and then gather the supplies, paid for with money donated to the Troy Rotary Foundation. “So far this year, Rotary has delivered eight (8) backpacks filled with pencils, erasers, paper, spiral notebooks, tissue, crayons or colored pencils, protractors and glue sticks for kids at Heywood,” said Titterington. All the backpacks are assembled before they are delivered to the school for distribution by the teachers. “It’s thanks to donations to the Troy Rotary Foundation that we can continue to provide backpacks and warm winter wear to the children,” Titterington shared, “and we are very pleased to lend our support this way.”
In addition to these projects, Troy Rotarians also volunteer at Heywood as readers during the annual “Dr. Seuss Day” at the school on March 2nd in support of the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” initiative. Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually and distributed more than $11,000 in scholarships and community aid in 2013-14. To learn more about Rotary programs and membership, visit their Web site at www.troyohiorotary.org. You can also follow the Club’s activities on their Troy Rotary Club Facebook page.
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