• Arcadia Rotary Club Awards Teacher Mini-Grants


    by Anne Donofrio-Holter

    As part of its commitment to education, the Arcadia Rotary Club awarded more than $2,500 in teacher mini-grants to the Arcadia Unified School District.

    “Of the many things we are proud to be a part of, the mini grant program is the ultimate way of paying it forward for the Arcadia Rotary Club,” said President Eric Barter.  “Helping the education of our community’s youth is an important investment in our future.”

    Mini-grants are awarded to teachers without a funding source for their projects or would have to use their own personal funds to bring their projects to fruition.  The mini-grants can be used for any activity, project or conference that will enhance the learning process providing there is no funding available from any other source.

    “I don’t know of a single teacher who has not reached into his or her pocket and used their own funds to purchase items for their classroom and students.  There is always something that does not fit in the budget,” said Arcadia Rotarian Rob Granger.  “The mini- grant program is a way to help teachers help our students.   There is something very special about having the opportunity to give a teacher the tools they need to make an immediate and lasting impact on our next generation of leaders.”

    “It’s fantastic that mini-grants fund as many teachers as possible each year.  We are delighted to be able to offer this important resource knowing that school budgets are always going to be tight,” said Arcadia Rotarian Steve Pelletier. “We love hearing about the teachers’ projects and how they impact their students.”

    “On behalf of the Arcadia Unified School District Board, please accept our sincere appreciation for your generous contribution in support of the students of the Arcadia Unified School District,” said a board spokesperson.

    “With the awarding of mini-grants, as in all we do, the Arcadia Rotary Club hopes to make a positive difference,” added Barter.

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