Community Projects - Past and Present

Student Achiever and Teacher of the Month Program

The Student Achievement Award dates back to 1982. Over these forty years, students have been recognized for academic excellence, leadership and overcoming hardships. Each monthly recipient receives a certificate and a cash award. Students are nominated by school counselors.
Since 2005, the Loveland Rotary Club has recognized deserving teachers with a certificate and cash donation. In 2008-09, this teacher recognition became a monthly presentation. Nearly 150 teachers have been honored. Peers or administrators may submit a nomination application.

The teacher and student recognition programs have been financially supported through gifts from the Pulliam Foundation in honor and remembrance of David R. and Virginia D. Pulliam and through gifts from Rotarians and local businesses.


Big Thompson Interact Club

This youth club is based on the principles of Rotary International, whose goal is to provide needed services both locally and internationally. The club has raised funds for Shelter Boxes which are sent to disaster locations, has read with children in after school programs and reaches out to the community in various service projects. Thompson Valley Rotary is currently organizing the Interact program for the entire Loveland and Berthoud area. They are supporting clubs in the Thompson District High Schools (including Berthoud High) and some middle schools. 


Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

RYLA is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. Three 6-day sessions are held each summer: two for students who are entering 8th grade and one for students entering 12th grade. All three sessions are held at the YMCA of the Rockies. Students learn teamwork and leadership skills and gain self-confidence, along with having a lot of fun. Participants describe the program as life changing and insightful in their relationships with others. Students in the program are sponsored by local Rotary Clubs. To get the details and apply, go to

Academic Scholarships

Each year Rotary selects outstanding senior scholars from the Loveland and Berthoud High Schools and awards funds to further their education.

Art Scholarships

Each year two talented graduating students from the Loveland and Berthoud High Schools receive $4,000 scholarships for pursuing a career in the arts.

Literacy Program

The Loveland Anti-Dropout Committee is focused on improving literacy in the Thompson School District in grades 1 - 3. About 25% of all students in grades 1-3 are below grade level in reading. The goal is to help the District bring all students up to grade level in reading ability by the end of third grade. Rotarians, associates and friends participate by doing 1-1 literacy tutoring for one hour per week during the school day – working with elementary schools in the Thompson School District..

Kids Pak

KidsPak provides packs with nutritious food for food insecure students and other food insecure members of the Loveland Community. They partner with our schools, community, donors and volunteers. KidsPak began as a Rotary program and now operates as an independent charity. Many Rotarians continue to participate. Learn more here. (

4-Way Test in Middle Schools

Rotarians have long utilized the 4-Way Test as a guide for ethical decision making. This program provides 8th Graders with the opportunity to do the same. A Rotarian facilitator works with five students to help the students apply the 4-Way Test to situations in which they may find themselves. These situations deal with scenarios typical for 8th graders: e.g. relationships and drugs. Students are encouraged to examine their decisions in these scenarios by applying the 4-Way Test.

Loveland Rotary International Projects:

The International Projects Committee furthers Loveland Rotary’s goal of international service by developing and implementing humanitarian aid projects in other countries in conjunction with foreign Rotary clubs and the Rotary International Foundation.

Some Past Projects Included:

  • Dental and Hearing Projects in Developing Countries and
  • Clean Water Projects including: an Integral Rain Water Catchment System and Drained Waters Treatment With Biotechnologies from a high school located in the municipality of Metepec, Mexico including: a) rain water catchment system, filtration, conduction and storage, b) resource ́s efficient use by means of conditioning and installation of adequate sanitary furniture, and c) treatment in place of sewage water with low impact biotechnologies for later reuse in irrigation.

Rotary International - International Projects:

Polio Plus

PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary Clubs will have contributed more than $1 billion with countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Rotary Foundation

As the world’s largest provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a Master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution.