Cleveland Rotarians make big difference

Posted 12/16/17

The Rotary Club of Cleveland presented 11 grants totaling nearly $44,000 from its foundation during a recent weekly luncheon. The grants ranged from several organizations that promote literacy …

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Cleveland Rotarians make big difference


The Rotary Club of Cleveland presented 11 grants totaling nearly $44,000 from its foundation during a recent weekly luncheon.

 The grants ranged from several organizations that promote literacy with children, to helping families with homes and necessities.

The grants included the Rotary Club's dictionary project, through which students in both the city and county schools received dictionaries to help them in school.

"We feel so good to help many in our community through these grants," said Dr. Paul McCord, Rotary Club Foundation president.

The funds came mainly from the Rotary gala, the club's largest fundraiser for the year. Eighteen organizations qualified for the grants, and the foundation narrowed that down to 11 to receive funds from the club.

The organizations receiving grants were Cleveland Middle School, Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region, United Way of the Ocoee Region's Imagination Library project, YCAP, New Hope Pregnancy Center, Valley View Elementary School, Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, the Refuge, The Caring Place, Cleveland State Community College, and the dictionary project.

Each of the organizations receiving grants expressed thanks for the monies they said they will put to good use. They also detailed how the grants will be used.

"The money received by Cleveland Middle School will be used to support the activities 4 Cs Summer Academic Camp," said Stephanie Pirkle. "The four Cs we emphasize are College, Career, Community and Citizenship.  The funds will be used to purchase materials and programs to support reading and mathematics remediation and for STEAM and team building activities, and field trips."

"The Rotary grant funds will be used for all the Refuge's Literacy programs," said Kelli Kyle, CEO for the organization. "This includes Adult Literacy, pre-K Enrichment and Financial Literary.  The grant will enhance these programs by providing curriculum materials, manipulatives and incentives."

Tammy Johnson, executive direct for Habitat for Humanity, said the organization is "humbled and honored" to have been chosen to receive a Rotary Club grant. The grant will be used to build three book exchange locations in the Habitat subdivisions.

"Children and adults will be able to get books, read them and then exchange them for new books," explained Johnson. "We are proud to partner with the Rotary Foundation to further the mission of helping children and adults improve their reading skills which helps our great Bradley County community."

Dennis Conover of The Caring Place said the grant will be well used by the organization.

"The Rotary Club Grant has been designated for purchasing food for the Sac Pac Program," said Conover. "The generous gift of $3,200 will purchase the food for about 800 Sac Pacs.  As we are averaging 590 deliveries each week, the Rotary Club is sponsoring almost two weeks of our 40 deliveries in 2018."

Director of Operations Corey Limburg and Stephanie Jones accepted the grant on behalf of Valley View Elementary School.

"The Rotary grant will be funding an early literacy project at Valley View Elementary," Limburg, principal at the school, said. "Teachers and parents will be trained in specific brain-based reading strategies that will be implemented in classrooms beginning in the fall of 2018. The strategies will help parents and teachers support individual students as they learn to read."

McCord said the Rotary Club of Cleveland's mission is to help fight illiteracy and it is hoped these grants will do just that.

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"We feel so good to help many in our community through these grants." — Dr. Paul McCord


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