“The money we gave was made possible by the Rotary Auction and BBQ. We would like to thank the public who made it possible for us to give these donations,” said Anne Edwards, incoming president of the Rotary Club.
David Harling, current president, thanked the recipients of the awards as well as the members for their help and support of Rotary Club Auction.
“Your help can make a difference,” said Harling.
Half of the organizations received their donation awards on Monday, while the other half will receive awards at the next meeting on June 14. The donations were given for specific projects.
Martha Richardson accepted a $500 award for the Baby Think it Over Program that the school system provides to seventh grade students. The program sends a computerized baby home with each student that simulates the needs of a newborn baby. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to think about the responsibilities of a teen parent.
Richardson thanked the Rotary Club for the donation and explained that the program is making a difference in students.
Melanie Carnes accepted a $1,000 donation to the Sandhills Children Center that will be used for therapy over the summer months. Children attend the therapy 10 months a year funded by the school system, but would have to pay the cost of the therapy during the summer.
“We provide service for 25 preschool students in Richmond County with severe disabilities,” said Carnes.
Carnes and the Children’s Center believes it is very important to continue the training to continue to see results in the students. The center thanked the club for the generous donation made to the lives of these children.
FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital received a $1,000 award to be used for Wellness Screening Day, the Partnership for Children received a $1,000 grant to be used for workers to continue their education, Roberdel Children’s Center received a $500 donation to build raised garden beds for the transitional students, Richmond County Schools received a $500 award for their teacher of the year, New Horizon received a $500 donation for victims fleeing abusive situations, the Humane Society was awarded $500 for educational use in grades first through third, Washington Street School received $900 for books for the guided reading program, Richmond County Exceptional Children was awarded $200 for a resource fair, the Rankin Museum of American Heritage received $800 for a gem mining program, L.J. Bell School was awarded $500 for the Growing Readers program, Leak Street Alumni was awarded $1,000 for an after school program, Leath Library received $250 for the Summer Reading Program, Richmond Community College was awarded $500 for the teacher of the year, Rockingham Parks and Recreation was awarded $300 for the Rotary Baseball Team, the Boys and Girls Club was awarded $1,000 to support the Rotary Cottage at the Boys and Girls Home, the India Eye Project was awarded $1,000 to support the program, $5,000 was given to maintain the Rotary Lodge at Hinson Lake, Toys for Tots received $500 to purchase gifts for needy children, the Samaritan Colony received $1,500 for upkeep on their vans, and United Way of Richmond County was awarded $500 to purchase Live United shirts for volunteers.
The Rotary Club of Rockingham will be holding their Annual Auction and BBQ on Nov. 2.
Cameron Quick can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 15 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org