In late October, Victor-Farmington Rotarians worked on a project with students from the School of Integrated Arts & Technology in Rochester. Club members worked with Assistant Principal Donna Groff-McNulty, faculty member Melinda Caparco and 13 students to assemble Halloween bags filled with candy, novelties and other items provided by the club.
The bags were destined for children at Sojourner Home’s House of Strength and Wilson Commencement Park in Rochester. Both locations provide services to low-income, single-parent families.
During their senior year, students are required to complete Being the Change, a project designed to increase their own level of self-achievement and advance their commitment to future career ambitions. Each student must complete 20 hours of work on community service project.
Caparco spoke to the Rotarians about the program’s role in preparing students for the future. Ten of the students recently were inducted into the National High School Honor Society.
Rotarian Karen Parkhurst spoke to the students and thanked them for including community service as part of their academic program. She said this is the second year of partnership between the school and Victor-Farmington Rotary. The club will continue to support their efforts, and is helping faculty in providing outside speakers and programs.
Each student spoke on their future career ambitions. In June, the club presented awards and framed certificates to the Class of 2019 to recognize their accomplishments.
Irondequoit Rotary Club is involved with the school’s class projects. Several of the students will help the Irondequoit club with its upcoming fundraising dinner.
Victor-Farmington Rotary board members Karen Parkhurst, Judy Luitweiler and Dave Luitweiler participated in the Rotary District 7120 One Rotary Summit in Canandaigua. The training conference covered membership growth, public image in the community and service projects.