By GasserOnline Correspondent, AMETHYST CAVALLARO
Rotaract members have teamed with Lee Elementary School to form Tulsa’s newest Partners in Education relationship. The young professionals who make up the Rotary Club of Tulsa-sponsored Rotaract Club attended an adoption ceremony in mid-January to celebrate the new alliance.
“This partnership is just as much for our members as it is for the students,” said Trevor Hughes, Rotaract president. “We are so honored to work with such a great school and be part of a 30-year successful educational program started right here in Tulsa.”
Partners in Education began as the Adopt-A-School program in 1983. The program brings business leaders and education communities together to best meet the needs of children in the Tulsa Public Schools district. Administered by the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the program serves more than 80 school sites with the Tulsa Public School district. The Rotary Club of Tulsa and Celia Clinton Elementary have enjoyed a partner relationship since the late ’80s. For several years, Lee Elementary’s principal, Cindy Taylor, was a former honorary member of the downtown club when she held the principal’s post at Celia Clinton.
In addition to Lee Elementary, Rotaract also partners with Rebuilding Tulsa Together, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. Rotaract members volunteer their time monthly on home improvement projects with the vision of a safe and healthy home for every person.
Rotaract also works with the international charity, The Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children. JBFC is a non-profit organization founded for the purpose of helping the most underprivileged and deprived people, especially the street and orphaned girls of Tanzania. JBFC provides these children with refuge, education, healthcare, a new outlook on life, and nurturing in a Christian, family environment.
Tulsa Rotaract was formed in 2011 under the leadership of President Bob McKenzie, during his term.