For the last four years, the Classic City Rotary Club has partnered with J.J. Harris Elementary School. Club members have volunteered to plant trees, spread mulch and volunteer in other capacities as needed. Two years ago, club members recognized that the school grounds lacked shaded areas for students to engage in outdoor learning. After extensive planning efforts, governmental approval and coordination the school district, the Classic City Rotary Club secured funds and volunteers to build two outdoor classroom shelters. Teachers and students are now able to engage in outdoor learning in a safe, sheltered space. Another significant contribution the Rotary makes annually to the school is allowing four students to speak at their yearly luncheon. Each year, 5th grade students are challenged to write an essay about one of the principles of Rotary and teachers choose one representative from their class and those students then attend the Rotary luncheon as guest speakers. Students are not only given a voice, but an audience to hear what they are passionate about. The Classic City Rotary Club has impacted the J.J. Harris school family in many ways for many years.
|Courtney Davis, President of The Classic City Club, Xernona Thomas, Principal of JJ Harris Elementary School and Sarah Morang, President-Elect of the Classic City Rotary Club|