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The Projects for Youth Services this Rotary year have included sponsoring two students to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy).  Other projects we are involved in include the following:

 

Brumby Elementary School
Our involvement with Brumby, dating back to 2002, will continue as one of our club's main service activities.  The purpose of this project is to serve the under-supported needs of the school.  East Cobb Rotary will work closely with Amanda Richie, Principal and club member, to coordinate our efforts, including the specific programs outlined below.  For more information, please contact Mary K. Widner

School Mates Project (Brumby Elementary)

School Mates is a New Generations project initiated by the Rotary Club of East Cobb in 2002 and updated each year since then.  Brumby Elementary School has a large population of students for whom English is a second language (26%), a high transiency rate (40%) due to a significant number of apartments in that school’s area, a large number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (80%), and has faced the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) challenges of the No Child Left Behind Act.  Components of this ongoing literacy project include: 1) Books for Students, 2) Weekly Tutoring,  3) Read Across America Day, 4) an Annual Literacy Contribution (atlases, dictionaries or other resources), and 5) Career Day. 
 
Books For Students (Brumby Elementary)
Staff at Brumby requested that we support the encouragement of reading by giving books to students.  The club purchases books with funds from its budget which students can read and enjoy.  Each week the speaker at our meeting is asked to autograph a book on a Rotary label placed inside the front cover.  We then give the book to the school so teachers can award it to a student.  This is a means of helping students begin their personal library at home, and celebrating that the child is a reader.
 
Weekly Tutoring (Brumby Elementary)
Weekly tutoring was another request from the Brumby staff.  Club members meet with their student(s) once a week for an hour to assist them with reading or math.  As of March 6, 2013 this year’s 5 volunteers had logged 90 tutoring hours since beginning in October 2012.
 
Read Across America Day (Brumby Elementary)
March 2nd is the date of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  Club members read books out loud in a classroom for 30 to 60 minutes on a day close to March 2nd that is chosen by the school staff.  This year’s date was Friday, March 1, 2013.  It’s a lot of fun, and satisfying to both the students and the volunteers.
 

Georgia Rotary AIDS Awareness Program
East Cobb Rotary sponsors this important public information program, presented by Aid Atlanta at Walton and Wheeler High Schools.  For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Steve Snipes

Interact Program
East Cobb Rotary is proud to support the very active Interact Club at Walton High School.  For more information about the Interact Club and our club involvement, please contact Fred Hanna

Scouting
As a new program for East Cobb Rotary, our club will coordinate with local scout troops to assist eagle scouts with their projects and provide them with recognition for their service and hard work.  For more information, contact Joe Murphey, at joe@murpheyslawfirm.com

Wheeler High School Senior Project
East Cobb Rotary participates twice a year at Wheeler High School to help judge the student's senior projects.
 
Dog Days 5k Run
Our annual fundraiser, the Dog Days 5k Run provides additional opportunities for us to reach out to the youth of our community. Held in the first week of August, when most high-school cross-country teams and other fall sports teams are getting started with practices and work-outs, our race is very timely.  We invite all area high-school sports teams to run in our race for no charge. 
 
Special Emphasis on Charities that Help Youth
At the Rotary Club of East Cobb, we love children, and we especially love the work done by local charities that focus on uplifting children in need.  Many of the charities we support through our annual fundraiser have been chosen specifically for this reason --  Camp Kudzoo (for diabetic youth), Camp Hope (for youth of incarcerated adults), the Rally Foundation (research for childhood cancer), Lekotek (teching toys for developmentally challenged youth) and the YWCA (sheltering battered women and their children) just to name a few.
 
Teaming Up with "Street Grace" to Stop Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
We have recently learned of the growing problem with minor children being sold into sex trafficking right here in the northern suburbs ot Atlanta.  A couple of our East Cobb Rotarains have been trained by local non-prof Street Grace to get out the message to school, church, and civic groups in our area.  A recent meeting was devoted to this topic, and we further have broadcast this message through social media.