YOUTH SERVICES / LITERACY
Our goals are lofty when it comes to scholarships, and over the years we have increased the amount.
Did you know the first scholarship was for $250? Hardly enough to cover 2 text books! In 2018, we awarded scholarships valued at $18,200!
Rotary Peaceful Schools
The Rotary Peaceful Schools Program was launched at Driftwood Elementary School in Port Orford, Oregon on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 as a partnership project between the school district and the Rotary Club of Port Orford.
High School students from the Pacific High School Leadership Class conducted lessons with 1st & 2nd graders that focused on conflict resolution and perspective. The high school leaders read the book Hey Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose, which explores the subject of looking at a situation from someone else's point of view.
A budding relationship between teenagers and six-year-olds was established and all are looking forward to the next session.
Developed by Rotary, the innovative Rotary Peaceful Schools Program promotes and supports safer, more respectful, bully-free environments for children and youth. Using social-emotional curriculum developed by experienced educators, Rotary volunteers work with teachers and students to modify the perceptions, attitudes and behaviors that often lead to ridicule, bullying and even violence.
Literacy Project: Honor Books
Rotary meetings include guest speakers. To honor our speakers for taking time to bring their stories to Rotary, we have them sign a specially selected book for our local libraries. Each book has a bookplate indicating the Rotary donation, and the name of the guest speaker, which is then signed by our guests.
Book titles are requested by the librarians from the following local libraries, and are served in rotation: Head Start, Driftwood Elementary/Middle School, Pacific High School, Langlois Public Library, and the Port Orford Public Library.
Students of the Month
Each month during the school year, a student from Driftwood and one from Pacific High School is selected for Student of the Month.
Students bring two guests (parents, guardians, grandparents, their choice), and speak about their favorite classes, share their sports endeavors, along with other after school activities, and a bit about their families.
ASPIRE is a mentoring program that matches trained and supportive adult volunteers with high school students to assist with the development of the educational goals beyond high school.
District 5110 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards offers Sophomores an opportunity to improve their leadership skills through a six-day summer camp. The camp promotes leadership development emphasizing team problem-solving, communication and conflict management, ethical decision-making, and community citizenship.
Rotary Youth Exchange
Allows students to travel to a foreign country, attend school, while living with a host family. Our current foreign exchange student, Honoka, is from Japan. See more on our Current Events page.
Ready to Smile
Ready to Smile is a dental program providing elementary students with free preventive care, and instruction on how to keep their teeth healthy.
Our Rotary club works with Head Start on many levels. Recently we assisted with a complete renovation of their kitchen, and new flooring throughout. The club funds learning materials, and assists with projects like cleaning the school each September in preparation for the new year.
Each year the Elk River Fish Hatchery holds a free fishing day. Youngsters to age 10, fish in the holding pond for a chance at catching a trophy trout, or a not so trophy trout as the catch is 3.
2017, Free Fishing moved from the hatchery to the stocked pound at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area. Rotarians taught kids to fish, assisted when the caught a fish, and prepped the fish to take home.
Funds are also provided to assist with their free fishing tackle and other prizes.