Rotary Club of Santa Monica Coordinates First Annual Day of Service at Olympic High School
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About 75 enthusiastic volunteers from the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, the Rotaract students, Santa Monica Jaycees, and Olympic High School teachers, friends, and family members all worked together to refurbish Olympic High School last month.
All photos by Dick Thompson
The First Annual Rotary Day of service is a great example of the hands-on work that the Rotary Club of Santa Monica can do to help the community.
The event, Santa Monica Rotary Club President Judy Neveau's idea, was a great success. The project included planting trees and hedges, painting, removing weeds and general clean-up. Olympic High School Principal, Janie Gates, provided breakfast and FIG restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel provided lunches for the hard-working, dedicated volunteers.
The Santa Monica Rotary Club donated the resources necessary to help build, paint, and plant at the school. As an example, planters lining the inside courtyard were cleaned, refreshed, and replanted.
Additionally, the Santa Monica Rotary Foundation underwrote $5000 for technology needs at the school. The Santa Monica Rotary Foundation president, John Bohn, proudly presented the $5000 check to Janie Gates for Olympic High School.
"I was very proud of the volunteers who came together, worked hard, and made a major contribution to Olympic High School. Everyone worked well and our goals for the day were exceeded!" described Frank Lavac, Rotary Day of Service chair.
More volunteers from local service groups donated hours to the project.