Downtown Rotary Benefits Weaver Students in Words and Deeds


Painting Weaver Elementary Playground

“Instead of giving you something to dust on your shelf …”

Downtown Rotary members smile when they hear that phrase each week because they know that’s when President Cindy Stephens goes on to tell the day’s guest speaker that our club is donating a book on his or her behalf to Weaver Elementary School.

Downtown Rotary has been donating a book in the weekly speaker’s name for two years now, instead of a plaque or other token of gratitude. It’s just one manifestation of our club’s commitment to Weaver Elementary as one of its core community service missions this year.

Weaver Elementary, 1461 N. Douglas Ave., is a school of about 350 students with a 93 percent free and reduced lunch rate. Downtown Rotary members have spent many volunteer hours and funded materials to paint school interiors, repair sidewalks, update landscaping and provide other general care. Members painted a large map of the United States on the school’s outdoor basketball court. The club also purchased t-shirts for each student and portable tables to help teachers better use the instructional space in the building.