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1st prize - $5000 - Brock Meredith
2nd prize - AK Air tix - Jeremy Parris
3rd prize - $2500 - Lucy Ibesate
4th prize - $1250 - Jessyca Ellenbecker
5th prize - $750 - Bug Busters
6th prize - $500 - Dustin Grimes
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and of course to our sponsors,Coastal Helicopters, Inc., Valley Paint Center, Elgee Rehfeld & Mertz, Gas N' Go, Breeze in - Valley, Alaska Airlines and Juneau Radio Center ... we couldn't have done it without you!
When school opened in mid-August, students at Riverbend Elementary School in Juneau enjoyed new playground equipment, thanks to an effort coordinated by the three Juneau Rotary clubs.
The 2015-16 Presidents of the three clubs began meeting with elementary school staff and PTO members last spring to plan the effort. The group was concerned about a small playground at the school that didn't meet the needs of the 300 PK-5th grade students. This resulted in high discipline referrals. In addition, the Riverbend area has increasingly become a community hub, due to the opening nearby of a new high school, a new swimming pool and a new library all within the past eight years, and the proximity of athletic fields and low-income housing. A playground update would help meet the needs of Juneau's 2,000 PK-5th grade students who visit the area.
The playground planning group put together a District 5010 grant with funding from Juneau School District, the PTO, local business and individuals. Cash for the project totaled over $43,000, and with in-kind contributions the project is valued at nearly $60,000.
Juneau Rotary clubs are fortunate to have architects and experienced construction managers among our members who could assist with site prep. During the installation week of August 10, 40+ Rotarians opened crates, hauled equipment, set cement, raked gravel, etc. And we had good weather! The Juneau Empire provided great PR for the effort with an article about the project: http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-08-16/more-just-place-play#sthash.kTVoYD7R.dpuf
It was gratifying to see students enthusiastically jumping onto the new equipment the first day of school! PTO members put together a large binder of thank-you's from the kids for each club. A dedication was held in September and a youtube presentation of the project was shown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SneKUys_7aU&feature=youtu.be#sthash.kTVoYD7R.dpuf
The community really pulled together to make this project happen! Donors were thanked in the Juneau Empire and a sign is being prepared to recognize those who contributed at the playground site. This project made us all proud to be Rotarians and members of the Juneau community!
Wednesday , September 24, 1964 was the formal charter ceremony for our club, and the beginning of Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary! 50 years of service to Juneau, and counting! We'll start off the celebratory year with BIRTHDAY cake at Wednesday's lunch, and a bit of trivia as well.......better get on the net fast and brush up on your history! Happy Anniversary!