The club, which has been located in South DeKalb for more than 30 years, has been a partner in education with the school since 2008. Each year, it provides holiday gift cards for needy families and Rotarians have sponsored the school’s Teacher of the Year, read to the students, donated books, supported literacy programs, and participated in Career Day.
Last year, members introduced the students to a live stream of the Aquarius, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and UNC-Wilmington’s undersea laboratory. The students were thrilled to watch marine scientists live while they performed research underwater in Key Largo, Fla., right from their classroom.
Rotarian William Murrain, who coordinates the club’s outreach with the school, said they are investing in the future.
“But we’re not interested in just trying to donate a few dollars here and there,” he said. “We do the best we can to provide all types of support because we know that giving back is the future of our community.”
Norman Thomas Jr., the principal, said the partnership with the Rotary Club has been fundamental to the school’s success.
“Your generous donations to our school have allowed us to update and purchase much-needed materials,” he wrote in a Dec. 17 letter to club. “Again thank you for traveling with us on this educational journey.”
Meadowview Elementary is at 1879 Wee Kirk Road in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/meadowview.