Monthly Archives: August 2016

Back to school to Back Schools

Rotarians have gone back to school as helpers listening to children read.World Book Day 1.16

Rotarian Robert  joined in the children’s  fun on World Book Day by getting into character as Blind Pew. He always enjoys listening to the children and says it is wonderful  to see the progress they make in a year and their enthusiasm for reading and school.

Peter is one of the Rotarians below who also really enjoys  listening to young readers in  schools.  Other Rotarians also serve on the governing boards of local schools.

The Rotary Club believes that youth are our future and works hard to support all the local primary and secondary schools. For the last nine years we have distributed Usborne dictionaries to  each year six pupil in 10 local primary schools

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Presenting Dictionaries

 

to help them make the transition from primary to secondary schools. Over the years we do wonder how far the dictionaries have traveled since the very first recipients will now be well established in adult  careers .

There’s also fun in what Rotary does with local schools.  Students from Green Bank School with their Rotarian friends always have a great day out on their annual trip to Lightwater  Valley. And all involved  enjoyed the fun of the hula hoop challenge when Rotary helped  at a school’s Scootathon day.

 

Then there is Rotary’s  the annual city wide technology tournament  where Aireborough schools usually do well and we always have keen competition for the Young Musician of the Year award.

 

Each year we  sponsor one or  two students  for the week long, life changing  Rotary Youth  Awards experience and always  collect two exhausted but happy youngsters at the end of their adventure.

RYLA students

Ready to go home after a fantastic RYLA week

The Rotary club is a charity so we have to raise money to finance our support for children and schools. Each year we have a popular Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday  in collaboration with Rodley Nature Reserve;  a sponsored walk in collaboration with Leeds Trinity University  and a family friendly fun Dog Show. At these events  we raise money for our own local charities ( often Martin House) but also encourage individual students and PTA s to join with us and help raise money for their causes.

Happy Egg hunter

A Happy Easter Egg Hunter

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Striding Out at the start of the Sponsored Walk ready for the Picture Quiz

There is so much more to say about  our other work with local schools. Like   supporting   St Mary’s School Menston and their work with Mnyakanya High School (South Africa) as part of the Bambisanani Partnership  and our Purple Crocus campaign to help end polio across the World but we’ll save it for another day.

If you would like to support us, sponsor us or join us please contact secretaryaireboroughrotary@gmail.com.

 

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Literacy in a Box

School in Box

Sept 8th is International Literacy Day.   Literacy Boxes like the one pictured above were supplied by  Rotary Clubs in the South West of England to  schools in Zambia. They  are just one of the many  literacy and education projects projects supported by the world wide Rotary organisation.Rotarians Support Literacy Day

Basic education and literacy are vital skills but Rotary is also committed to helping young people in developing communities to acquire the advanced skills they will need to get work in a globalised economy.  Below is a link to an exciting project to bring educational tablet computers to students in a remote Fijian island.Tablet computers for Fiji

Aireborough Rotary Club is playing its part in supporting literacy and education at home and abroad. One of our Club members has been running for several years the Chameleon education scheme in the remote Kwa Zulu Natal region of South Africa. We will have a separate post later about this project which is dedicated to supporting some really deprived children

We also have ambitious plans to support St Mary’s School Menston in their Bambisanani Partnership with Mnyakanya High School  and help build an IT suite for the  South African school.

All the projects that Rotary is involved in are in partnership with Rotary Clubs in the host community so that all donations go directly to the intended recipients.

But Aireborough Rotary  also works much closer to home supporting all the local primary and secondary schools. Our next blog will explain more about what we are doing and the satisfaction members get from working with schools.

If you have any comments on this blog or would like to sponsor our work, support our work or join Rotary please contact us  via secretaryaireboroughrotary@gmail.com

 

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