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Sunrise Rotary gives money, school supplies to Guyton Elementary

POSTED: September 2, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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President Bonnie Dixon and Billy Dasher of the Effingham Sunrise Rotary Club present a check for $700 to Guyton Elementary Principal Lewis Beacham and art teacher Marcie Crosby for the art and PE departments.

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The Rotary Club of Effingham Sunrise presented Guyton Elementary School with a check for $700, and school supplies Thursday.

President Bonnie Dixon said this is one of the projects the club will have this year to benefit Guyton and Sand Hill Elementary schools.

“Today we are presenting them with school supplies club members have collected, and $700 to be used for the art and P.E. departments,” Dixon said.

She said the theme for Rotary International this year is “Make Dreams Real” and the focus is on children. That is one reason the schools have been selected.

“They are Title 1 schools, and almost within walking distance of where we meet (at Guyton Christian Church),” Dixon said.

She said there will be several special projects through the year including a mentoring program for at risk children at both schools.

“Club members will volunteer 30 minutes from their work week at one or both of the schools and spend some time with a student who has been identified by the school,” she said.

Dixon said the mentors will focus not only on school but the children’s hobbies and other interests.

The club also gave $10,000 in scholarships to graduates of South Effingham High and Effingham County High schools last year.

She said they are preparing for the one fundraiser to be held during the year a golf tournament on Sept. 5, at Black Creek.

Anyone interested in participating in the tournament or sponsoring a hole should contact Pete Peterson at 772-3609 or Theron Rahn at 655-6069.


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