Update from the Dunwoody Rotary:
The new school year has brought many opportunities for Rotary Club of Dunwoody to serve Dunwoody elementary schools and Peachtree Middle School.
Starting Sept. 1, thanks to the leadership of Dunwoody resident and Rotarian Rick Otness, each Thursday after school one will find four Rotarians assisting Quiz Bowl practices, directed by teacher Carol Dunn. Students learn the answers to questions on all academic subjects and master effective use of the buzzer as they answer. The classrooms are alive with eager students in competition with each other as they prepare for meets with other DeKalb County schools.
In addition, Junior Achievement kicks off Sept. 14. Twenty Rotarians will teach “It’s My Business,” a series of six one-hour lessons taught over the course of fall semester. The motto of JA is to “Prepare and inspire young people to succeed in the global economy.” These results come from the curriculum of the program, which emphasizes financial literacy, career readiness, and life skills.
The program now reaches 120,000 students in Georgia and has as its goal to reach the one million students currently enrolled. JA depends upon volunteers in the community to teach the curriculum to students after school. Rotarian Patti Bunker is the lead on this program.
Proceeds from the Peachtree Charter Middle School CV Classic 5K Run on Oct. 1 will go to improve the track. Dunwoody Rotarians will assist in the set-up and the take-down preparations.
Rotarian and Dunwoody resident Deb Cameron is in charge of this effort.
In addition, Rotary Club of Dunwoody Rotarians will be assisting at the Oct. 14 Special Olympics Softball Skills Competition at PCMS. Shawn Hardister, Dunwoody resident and Rotarian, has the lead role in this effort.
Character Counts is a program that is now state-wide, after being brought to Dunwoody Elementary Schools by Dunwoodian George Stewart. The program is now effectively implemented at Austin, Vanderlyn, Dunwoody and Dresden, thanks to the leadership of Rotarian and Dunwoody resident, Roy Ethridge. Volunteers engage students in conversations which emphasize character and the “soft skills” of the workplace.
Rotary Club of Dunwoody meets most every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. at the Ravinia Club.