Rotary sponsors breakfast for junior school students A donation of $10,000 by the club to the Food4Thought project will provide breakfast for needy students at a junior high school for second year in a row.

Rotarians from RC Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates.
Rotarians from RC Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates.

The District 54 Education Foundation is pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates (Illinois, US – D 6440) is sponsoring the breakfast programme at Keller Junior High for the second year in a row.

The club’s $10,000 donation to the Foundation’s Food 4 Thought programme will provide breakfast for all students in need at Keller for the 2018-19 school year.

The Rotary club also sponsored the breakfast programme at Keller in 2017-18.

“As president of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, I believe I speak for all of our members when I say that we believe the initiative the District 54 Education Foundation has started with the Food 4 Thought programme is something that we’re very happy to support,” said Club President Steve Lamp.

“This programme supports one of the main goals of our club’s mission, that is literacy and education. We are pleased to be the sponsor of $10,000 for the second year in a row at Helen Keller Junior High in Hoffman Estates.”

The club also sponsors an Interact Club at Keller, which runs the Keller Food Pantry.

The D54 Foundation is committed to raising enough money to fund breakfast programmes at all District 54 schools to ensure that students begin their day ready to learn.

Nearly one-fourth of District 54 students qualify for the federal free lunch programme.

While District 54 receives state and federal funds for the lunch programme, schools that want to offer breakfast programmes to the local students in need must raise the money on their own.

Currently the Foundation is funding breakfast programmes at 19 District 54 schools for nearly 1,600 eligible students.

“The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates is such an incredible supporter of education in this community, and we are so grateful for their continued generosity on behalf of District 54 students,” Foundation Chairman Tom Manzardo said.

Donations of any size to Food 4 Thought have a direct impact on students’ lives.

It costs just $5 a week, to provide a healthy breakfast to a student; a $200 donation provides breakfast to a child for a full school year.

Businesses, corporations and individuals can also sponsor an entire school for a year with a donation of $10,000.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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