Strasburg Rotary keeping busy with community projects

The Strasburg Rotary Club has been working throughout the year to provide resources to the community’s young people.

Brandy Boies, the 2016-2018 Strasburg rotary president, said the group has been supporting literacy and efforts for youth in Strasburg for many years.

“For over 15 years, we have provided dictionaries to each third grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We have also spent several years reading to preschool students at the local daycare and funded coats for kids at the local shelter and at Sandy Hook,” she said. “For the 2016-2017 year, we decided to apply for a district Rotary grant that would allow us to extend our efforts.”

She added that the grant allows the group to provide supplies to the nursing stations at Signal Knob Middle School and Strasburg High School as well.

The club also presented a $1,000 check to the Shenandoah Education Foundation on Tuesday. The money will be used toward the Dolly Parton Literacy program, which  provides children in the community with free books each month.

“We will be working with the Shenandoah Community Foundation this spring to bring awareness to the program and their funding needs,” she added.

The club is also trying to help parents and teachers out as well. Back in December, she said three Rotary members spent a morning opening car doors for parents who were dropping off kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“Normally teachers spend their morning out in the cold performing this service, but they were able to spend this time in the classroom preparing for their day instead,” she added.

The Rotary Club also created a Google spreadsheet that was sent out to all Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers in December asking for volunteer needs in the classroom. The club has since received several responses and plans to fulfill those requests in the spring.

The club has other spring projects lined up, including partnerships with clubs in Luray, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Woodstock, Timberville and Broadway to host a Stop Hunger Now event on March 11 at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock. It is also seeking assistance from local Interact clubs in area high schools and the Boy Scouts to help out with this event.

During the Stop Hunger Now event, volunteers will package over 20,000 meals that will be shipped overseas to developing nations.

“We include youth in as many of our service projects as possible so that we can spread the motto ‘service above self’ to the youth of our county,” she said.

Other upcoming Strasburg Rotary events include their annual Cash Bash fundraiser on March 31 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. Last year, she said proceeds supported the Strasburg Museum, Boy Scouts, Coats for Kids, local food pantries and community meals.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com