TROY ROTARY FOUNDATION GIVES GRANTS FOR SHOE PROJECTS
December 2, 2016
Troy City Schools and Partners In Hope will receive funding to provide shoes to students and children in need, thanks to the Troy Rotary Foundation. The grants were approved in November, just in time for the Partners In Hope Christmas Shop and the end of the school year.
The Shoe Project ensures area preschoolers and students have the right pair of shoes to wear each day. When it first began, Rotarian Stewart Lipp (1934-2014) was the chairman. He would welcome the students and their families to his store, David’s Shoes in downtown Troy, and made sure the fit was perfect for every child. After he retired and closed the store, the Troy Rotary Club began collaborating with Troy City Schools and Partners In Hope to make sure that children who need shoes get them quickly and easily. “Each year, we are pleased to provide 50-60 pairs of shoes for students in the Troy school system,” explained Melissa Kleptz, executive director of The Troy Foundation and chair of Rotary’s Shoe Project. She noted that, since the project started, the club has provided hundreds of pairs of shoes to students in the Miami Valley area.
Rotary and the Troy Rotary Foundation deliver vouchers for the Shoe Carnival, 1855 West Main Street in Troy, to local school administrators and teachers to distribute to students in need. Kleptz explained that the vouchers allow the kids and their families to select shoes that meet the needs of athletes, academics and active students from kindergarten to high school age. During the Christmas season, Partners In Hope provides an estimated $800 of shoes to area preschool children, thanks to Rotary’s help. Along with supporting the students and children through the Shoe Project, Rotarians also provided footwear for summer campers at Brukner Nature Center in August, just before the school year began.
In addition to the Shoe Project, Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, over $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library programs, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org.
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