The Rotary Club of Federal Way was honored by Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell at the 2017 Washington Association of School Administrators Community Recognition Awards for the significant contributions its members have made toward improving the lives of thousands of student-scholars and their families in Federal Way Public Schools.
Highlights of Rotary’s involvement with Federal Way Public Schools in the 2016–17 school year include:
• Providing up to $30,000 a year in scholarships to Federal Way school district scholars.
• Donating $10,000 in support of the district-wide STEM summer learning academies. This was the first school year these academies were offered district-wide to student-scholars. Over 600 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade scholars participated in this STEM learning opportunity across eight district elementary schools.
• Leading the “Shop with Kids” event at the holidays to buy kindergarten through fifth-grade students clothes and toys.
• Supporting the development and growth of Federal Way High School’s Associated Student Body club through an effort called INTERACT. INTERACT has evolved at Federal Way High School during the 2016–17 school with Rotarians providing ASB students advice on how to grow the ASB club and providing service volunteer opportunities.
• Supporting five elementary schools by distributing dictionaries to all third-graders at those schools.
• Sponsoring the Hurricane Harris Wrestling Tournament each year at Decatur High School.
• Raising $59,000 for The BAG Program in February 2017. The BAG Program was established in 2014 to provide food for students in Federal Way Public Schools who might not otherwise have a reliable source of nutrition over the weekends and during school breaks.