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Rancho Cucamonga Rotary Continues to Support City’s Youth

Rancho Cucamonga Rotary Continues to Support City’s Youth

The Rotary Club of Rancho Cucamonga will host the 33rd Annual All-City Track Meet for 4th, 5th and 6th graders on Saturday, April 27, at Rancho Cucamonga High School.

Students from ALSD elementary schools will compete with kids from schools from the district and other districts throughout the city.

The event is one example of the decades-long impact the Rotary Club has been making in the city. Since 1970, the service club has focused on youth and providing valuable programs to help them succeed. With Rotary International’s motto of “Service Beyond Self” at the forefront, the Rancho Cucamonga Rotary Club has made literacy a priority.

The club collects and donates shoes and backpacks to underprivileged youth, and members routinely participate in the national Read Across America Day at schools throughout the Alta Loma School District. In addition, several schools, including Banyan Elementary, have received funds from Rotary to purchase books.

Thanks to a meeting between Banyan Elementary School Principal Cara Cerecerez; RC Rotary resident Karen Cole; Doraluz Ancona, Los Osos High School Interact Club liaison; and Banyan PTA President Noelia Chapa, the HELP Club was born to promote literacy in both language arts and mathematics. HELP is the acronym for High School and Elementary Literacy Partnership.

The partnership between Rotary and the Interact Club, which is a youth version of Rotary, set the foundation for the HELP Club, which provides a fun intervention for academically at-risk students.

“Without the support of the Rotary Club, this program would not have morphed into what it has become,” said Cerecerez, “Students enjoy attending and are improving their skills they also enjoy the interactions that Rotary has supported.”

Currently more than 15 high school students volunteer their time to work in a structured environment to support ELA and math literacy. The student volunteers and Rotary Club participants have been trained by school teacher advisers about intervention strategies, educational games and reading comprehension strategies.