Rotary Club Supports Educational and Community Service Projects

RCSL Rotarian Sharon Flood promoting assembly of Amanda Hope snack packets

Rotary Club of Sun Lakes supports the following educational and community service projects:

AWIM Program: Rotary Club of Sun Lakes recently announced the club’s plans to continue support of its AWIM (A World in Motion) Program within Valley schools. The program is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to get K-9th grade students excited about math and science so that they will consider a career as an engineer or other technical fields. The Sun Lakes Rotary Club partners with SAE and provides volunteers to go into the classroom to work with the teachers and students using hands-on projects. RCSL provides recognition to the winning teams at the end of each session. AWIM Program volunteers are members of RCSL, General Motors employee alumni, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and ASU students.

During the 2018-19 school year, 3,802 students in 20 schools were impacted by the AWIM Program. During the 2021-22 school year, 2,410 students at Surprise Canyon Ridge Elementary, Chandler’s Carlson Elementary, Phoenix Christ Lutheran, Tolleson Country Place Elementary, Chandler Fulton Elementary, Goodyear Western Sky, Avondale Pope John II High School, Chandler Patterson Elementary, Chandler Strong Foundations Academy, and Phoenix Sevilla West were impacted by the AWIM Program.

Per Rotarian Don Robins: “I’m impressed with our numbers for this school year, and the teachers really enjoyed having volunteers back in the classroom. We have a few new schools signed up for the 2022-23 school year, and some of our schools will add some more grades.”

Sleeping Mats for Valley Homeless: RCSL is partnering with Rotary Club of Tempe South in collecting plastic bags, which will be used to create sleeping mats for the homeless. Rotarians plan to crochet sleeping mats on a weaving loom. Per RCSL President-Elect Stephen Phair, this is a great summer community service project!

Snack Packs for Rainbow Angels: Sun Lakes Rotary Charity Committee assembled over 100 nutrition packets for Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels (AHRA). The packets will be distributed to the pediatric floors of local hospitals. AHRA bought refrigerators for these hospitals to help moms and dads out when they bring their other children to visit. These families are stressed out from their child’s cancer. Since the cost of feeding their other children from a hospital cafeteria can be a financial hardship for them, they can take a packet. Per RCSL Project Leader Sharon Flood, one small gesture of kindness goes a long way.

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