Rotarians help kids start school on right foot

Sep 12, 2013
Members of the Alderwood-Terrace Rotary Club prepare back-to-school items for backpacks, a program that included a shopping spree at JCPenney as well, to help children in need in the Edmonds School District.

In December 2012, 40 of the attendees at the Alderwood-Terrace Rotary Club Christmas Basket Auction sponsored a $100 donation to clothe a child in need at the Club’s annual back-to-school event.

Working with the counselors and principals of the Edmonds School District, 40 children were selected based on a needs assessment.

In early August, club members spent an hour packing new backpacks with much needed school supplies.

Those children met on Saturday, Aug.  17, for a JCPenney shopping spree with a Rotarian “helper.”

JCPenney has been a great contributor to this community service event as they not only provided extra cost savings (above the $100 gift card purchased to garner about $140 in clothing for each child), but opened two hours early with a red carpet atmosphere for the children and donated the budget for the nearly complete customer service staff.

The children needed basic clothing, but also these children wanted to, and deserved to, have a normal experience of preparing for school.

The children also were given a gift bag by JCPenney, and a backpack fully loaded with school supplies provided by Alderwood-Terrace Rotary Club.

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In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.

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