The Southgate Rotary Club helps students in Southgate and beyond

Jill Pastor
– Special to Southgate Star

The Southgate Rotary once again sponsored programs to help children have a happy and warm holiday this year.

Students from all four elementary schools received gym shoes last week. This was part of the “Happy Feet” program, whose goal is to provide gym shoes to children in need.

The event chair for this program was Sherry Halko. The financing was courtesy of the fall Rotary Shred Day. This event raised $760 and the club purchased 45 pairs of shoes for students from kindergarten through 5th grade.

Halko collaborated with Candace Duane, an elementary school social worker. She collected student names, sizes from staff and then helped to sort and distribute. Please see the letter below shared to the Rotary Club.

Words cannot express how much joy you have brought to our children in need this season.  Because of your kindness, countless children now have brand new shoes to wear.

During a time when families are struggling to make ends meet you have helped to take one more item off of the minds & the holiday lists for these grateful parents.  Countless teachers have shared how thankful their students were after getting their new shoes & want to send their thanks to you as well.

Many teachers end up buying their students so many things throughout the school year.  You have helped to ease this burden for our teachers and parents that work so hard every day.

Thank you so very much for your generosity.  “It takes a village to raise a child” & your thoughtfulness has made a difference in so many lives.

Happy Holidays to you & your families!

Candace Duane and the Southgate School District

 The Southgate Rotary did adopt a family of four children and one adult from the Guidance Center. The Boy Scout Troop #1795 donated to this program. The family received about $1,000 worth of requested items. Rotarian, Sharon Schlimmer organized this event.

The Rotary is also in the middle of the “Annual Hats and Mitten Drive.” Over the years, they have donated hundreds of hats and mittens to the students enrolled in a Head Start program. 

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