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AVID mentor Paul Pazooki greets AVID students attending club's meeting.
With the help of businesses and community members, and as part of its AVID mentorship program, Bremerton Rotary is donating computers to 22 Bremerton High School AVID students. AVID stands for Advancement through Individual Determination and the program is aimed at helping students who would be the first in their families to attend college.
During planning sessions with high school staff and the Rotary mentor coordinators, the teachers commented that a good number of the students did not have access to computers after school, except via the public library. The Rotarians set out in search of computers at low cost to take of this issue. The students applied for rreceiving a computer and were chosen by their teachers based on need.
Bremerton Rotary is proud to sponsor the Bremerton Blackberry Festival, held each year over the Labor Day weekend. The Bremerton waterfront boardwalk comes alive with food booths, arts & crafts, music, clowns and children's activities. The 26th annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival will take place Sept. 5-7, 2015. For more information, click "More" below or visit the Blackberry Festival website.
Members of our club help organize the event and also staff the Rotary information booth, Seafood Booth, Berry Central (selling T-shirts and souvenirs), Blackberry Wine booth and Chalk on the Block contest. All proceeds our club receives from the event will be reinvested in the local community
KCR Executive Director Larry Eyer.
The Bremerton Rotary Foundation donated $30,000 in November 2014 to Kitsap Community Resources toward its effort to build a new Early Learning Center at West Hills Elementary STEM Academy, part of the Bremerton School District.
The school is organized around STEM, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” According to Larry Eyer, executive director of Kitsap Community Resources, “the early learning classes will be used primarily for Head Start and ECEAP pre-school for children from low-income families.
For full text of article in the Central Kitsap Reporter, click here.
Bremerton Rotary Club held its popular annual fundraiser, the Wild Game Dinner, March 14, 2015 at the Kitsap Conference. This popular event, featuring silent and live auctions and a dinner of wild game and exotic meats, helps support many of our charitable activities in the community. It has been held annually since 1979. A typical menu includes moose, elk, buffalo, venison, crab, oysters and baron of beef.
Each Christmas season, Bremerton Rotarians open their hearts and their wallets to make sure those less fortunate would experience the Christmas spirit. Through our Christmas Angels program, we provide gifts to several needy local families, plus enough money to buy a holiday meal. Rotarians serve as bell ringers for the Salvation Army, and then give donations in exchange for gag gifts at our last meeting before Christmas, raising nearly $7,000. After the meeting, Santa and Rotarians go to sing and hand out gifts at Peninsula Services, a sheltered workshop.
For the 7th consecutive year, Bremerton Rotarians and others read to kindergarteners in the Bremerton School District's six elementary schools once a week for nine weeks, starting in January 2014. We read to 22 kindergarten classrooms, including two in a Spanish immersion program where our volunteers read in Spanish. Studies have shown that the more kindergarteners are read to, the better they will be prepared for learning to read.
Bremerton Rotary Club recently awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 10 deserving students from Bremerton High. Each student will receive $2,500. Bremerton Rotary has awarded nearly $730,000 in scholarships to Bremerton High School students since 1980.
Thanks to Bremerton Rotarians, all third graders in the Bremerton School District have a scholastic dictionary to call their own. Marking the 11th consecutive year, Rotarians handed out a total of 434 dictionaries in October 2013 at the six elementary schools in the district, bringing the total number of dictionaries given to date to more than 5,000. The children are challenged to look up a new word every day!
Our club hosted a group of Rotarians June 22-24, 2014 from the Somerset area of southwestern England as part of a Rotary Friendship Exchange. The Rotarians from England visited five clubs in District 5020, including our own. In September, a group of Rotarians from five District 5020 clubs visited District 1200 in England, including our treasurer, Dave Anderson and his wife Sharon. Several of our club members hosted the English Rotarians in their homes. To read a thank-you letter click on MORE below.