Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Classic City of Athens Rotary Club Honored by Clarke County School District

Classic City of Athens Rotary Club Honored
Impact Awards and Volunteer of the Year Awards

The Clarke County School District has announced the recipients of its 6th annual Impact Awards and 2nd annual Volunteer of the Year Award. Impact Award-winning organizations and the Volunteer of the Year have made significant, lasting and ongoing contributions to the students of the Clarke County School District. Honorees will all be recognized at the June 9 Board of Education meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. at the Athens Community Career Academy. 

“The Impact Award recipients and Volunteer of the Year have made significant contributions to our students and employees, and they are most deserving of this recognition,” said Superintendent Philip D. Lanoue. “We are very appreciative of all of our nearly 400 community partners and the hundreds of individuals who spend time volunteering in our schools, and this recognition is one way for us to let individuals and organizations know they are making a real difference in our community.” 

Organizations to be honored with an Impact Award are:

Classic City Rotary Club
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

1 comment:

  1. I'm looking forward to seeng you all Monday morning! -District Governor Kim