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A Charitable Project by the South Campus Ambassadors Interact Club
Funded By A Grant from Rotary eClub One
Campus Ambassadors Interact Club, a school-based Interact club operating out of
White Bear Lake Area High School in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA, undertook
a project in June 2015 to benefit school children in the White Bear Lake Area
Schools. This project, entitled “Passing
It On”, was funded through a generous $500 Community Service Grant from Rotary
more and more of the school children who attend school in White Bear Lake come
from families experiencing financial difficulties. Growing percentages of the kids from these
families qualify for “free and reduced lunch” intended to insure that no child
goes hungry while studying in our schools.
In addition to not having enough money to pay for school lunches, many
of these families also have difficulty paying for other expenses associated
with having kids in school.
school children in White Bear Lake are expected to bring basic school supplies
to school on their first day of school in the fall. These supplies include pencils, erasers,
crayons, markers and paper. However,
some families do not have the financial ability to purchase these supplies for
their children. Many children come to
school in the fall embarrassed because they are not able to bring supplies to
school with them. The South Campus Ambassadors Interact Club became aware of
this, and decided to take action.
spring of 2015, the Ambassadors submitted a grant request for $500 to Rotary
eClub One, and the grant was approved! Ambassadors
used the grant funds to purchase a large amount of school supplies, as well as
pouches to hold the supplies.
Additionally, Ambassadors acquired water bottles in White Bear Lake’s
school color, orange, for donation to the kids as well.
this project unique, though, was that the Ambassadors individually decorated
each of the pouches and created cards with inspirational messages to be
included in each of the pouches. From
this came the name of this charitable project – “Passing it On”, as the high school
senior members of Ambassadors passed along not only necessary school supplies
but words of encouragement to the littlest learners in the White Bear Lake
members of Ambassadors gathered on June 3, 2015 to stuff and decorate these pouches
and to create the inspirational cards.
Rotary eClub One member Janet Newberg helped with the project, and took
photos as the work progressed. After all
of the pouches were ready, Ambassadors faculty advisor Jaclyn Bremer and Rotarian
Janet Newberg delivered the pouches to Willow Lane Elementary School and Birch
Lake Elementary School. Ambassadors
chose these two elementary schools to receive the donations because they have
the highest percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced lunches in
the entire district.
Principal Chris Streiff and Birch Lake Principal Tami Vanoverbeke were
delighted to receive these donations! They
distributed close to 200 pouches and water bottles to needy school children at
the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.
Campus Ambassadors Interact Club and White Bear Lake Area Schools thanks Rotary
eClub One for the generous grant that made “Passing It On” possible!