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Rotary Club of Andover awards mini-grants for service projects

Posted Date: 12/04/2019

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The Rotary Club of Andover has awarded six grants to Andover educators for service projects to be completed in the spring semester.

This is the second year the club has partnered with the district to help serve the Andover community.

Grantee projects are: 

Hotcakes for the Homeless
Angie McGill, Andover Central High School, $500

Students will help out the Salvation Army by frying and freezing 115 pounds of hamburger (so they can quickly prepare tacos on their taco nights) and making 300 pancakes (so they can quickly serve breakfast to people in need over the weekends). They are very hopeful that we will be able to collect a large number of travel-sized toiletries, and are thrilled to be able to get gallon-sized baggies to package them in.

Meadowlark Service League
Dana Matheny, Meadowlark Elementary School, $500

Students spend one day (April 20) rotating to different classrooms to learn about community organizations while also doing a service project for this organization. Six different organizations are represented. The funds will help cover the cost of the materials purchased for the projects (examples are homemade dog toys, care packages for military, blankets for children and cards for nursing homes).

You are Loved
Erica Hicks and Carla Reynolds, Prairie Creek Elementary School, $500

Pre-K students will make “blessing bags” to donate to the Sunshine Children’s Home. They would like to create 64 bags (one for each of the students). The bag will include a blanket, hygiene supplies, a toy, a book and a coloring book with colors.

Using Games to Make Connections and Build Friendships
Sarah Leivian and Lisa Stinson, Andover Central High School, $500

The funds will purchase a collection of games and activities that are easy and quick to learn for one of the collaboration spaces at the high school. The goal is to create an environment for building connections and developing friendships with each other. This space will be open to all students and is meant to be electronic free. The Jag Ambassadors and Circle of Friends intend to use the space along with staff members as they see fit.

Youth Spreading Love to Seniors
Erin Ybarra, Sunflower Elementary, $280

The Kindergarten and fourth-grade classes at Sunflower will work together to make nursing home care bags for residents of Victoria Falls Nursing Home. They are set to be delivered on Valentine’s Day. The students will walk to the nursing home for delivery. The 75 bags will contain note cards, wrapped candy, lotion and chapstick.

Recycling for Research Part 2
Shanie Rucker, Robert Martin Elementary, $220

This project is led by the fifth grade students. The students will recycle specific items which will provide funding for the Dragon Master Foundation. They will also work on bringing awareness to the Dragon Master Foundation and their mission. The funds will purchase tubs for recycling, picture books about community service, cardstock and sticker labels.