Cedar Rapids Rotary West Supports Students with Back to School
Rotary West members stepped up to help provide incoming 6th grade students with trapper keepers for the new school year.
Funds raised by our organization and others – including from our annual Pancake Breakfast - were used to purchase 1,000 trapper keepers that the staff at each of the six Cedar Rapids middle schools will distribute to students.
Rotary West’s contribution was $13,816! Other funders included the Alliant Energy Foundation, Witwer Trust, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and Casey’s General Stores.
Jim Coller, president, Cedar Rapids West Rotary, said, "All of the members of Cedar Rapids West Rotary volunteer and contribute so hopefully every child has the necessary resources and the opportunity to gain as much knowledge as they possibly can. We believe the students, as future leaders, will pay it forward and continue with Cedar Rapids West Rotary’s mission of “Service Supporting Education” and follow the Rotary International’s motto of “Service Above Self."
"Our Rotary club looks forward to continuing our work with the local schools and other community organizations in support of education," he continued.
This is the fourth year of the collaborative effort, and the first year working directly with the school district to identify a targeted need. In addition to Rotary West, partnering organizations include The Salvation Army, Henry Davison Youth Center, Freedom Festival, Tanager Place, and Hiawatha Parks and Recreation.