Posted by Bob Couch on Dec 20, 2018
The Bow Early Act Club ran a “Pennies for Polio” fund raiser by placing donation containers throughout the Bow Middle School.  The club collected a total of $1,718.17 and donated it to the Bow Rotary Foundation, to which the Bow Rotary Club matched their $1,718.17 and donated the total of $3,440.00 to Rotary International’s End Polio Now Campaign.
Pictured L to R: Alden Betterley, Treasurer; Jill Harpring, V-President; Rotarian Alan Kanegsberg; Courtney McKeen, President; and Brigid England, Secretary

The Early Act Club is shown presenting their check to Bow Rotarian Alan Kanegsberg.  The Bow Early Act Club comprises approximately twenty 5th through 8thgraders at the Bow Middle School.  They are supported by two teacher advisor and three Bow Rotarian advisors, Jeannie Richards, Betsey Patten and Peter Imse.
Rotary International has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since their first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979 and have gone on to helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. 

So far, Rotary International has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.  Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

Photos by Eric Anderson