Local Rotary supports Casino Road neighborhood

By Terri Stefnik | Apr 25, 2012


The Rotary Club of South Everett-Mukilteo (SEMR) has awarded funding support for five nonprofits, totaling more than $13,000 in grants.

Donations were made to help local needs at Little Red School House, Cascade High School, Casino Road Boys & Girls Club and Hand in Hand. They also provided support to Guitars for Troops, a domestic non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our military personnel serving overseas.

Little Red School House, located on East Casino Road, will use grant dollars to support their Early Learning Groups at Children’s Village.

This outreach program, open to all children under the age of 6, promotes the healthy development of children at risk of falling behind and not being successful in school.

SEMR’s funding will help children who would likely not have the opportunity to attend a quality early learning program due to risk factors like poverty, language or cultural barriers, and abuse or neglect.

For more information about Little Red School House, visit their website at www.littlered.org.

Hand in Hand, another agency located at Children’s Village, operates a ‘safe place shelter’ that provides care and support for children entering foster care, with an emphasis on emergency, weekend and holiday crisis situations.

In addition to providing temporary, overnight accommodations in a safe environment, children receive meals, medical screening and a suitcase with clothing, personal, and school supplies that will help reduce the stress for the new foster family.

The shelter opened in 2010, and organizers hope to reproduce their model to help other communities throughout Washington state.

Visit www.handinhandkids.org to learn more about this critical need.

Casino Road Boys & Girls Club, serving both Mukilteo and Everett school districts, provides recreation and companionship for youth ages 5 to 18 years old. Their programs and services offer a safe place to learn and grow, and they fill and increasing need as more children are left home with no adult care or supervision.

SEMR is a long-time supporter of this chapter, providing a dependable source of funding for this valuable community resource. This year’s grant will help remodel and upgrade the ‘teen room’ with new technology and furniture.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County visit www.bfcsc.org.

Cascade High School, also located on E. Casino Road, is receiving targeted funding for their Career and College Center. It will help defray the costs for 100 senior students to participate in a planned field trip to visit Edmonds Community College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Students contemplating options after graduation will receive information about the enrollment process and financial aid, and they will learn about specific programs and departments available at each school.

Cascade is part of the Everett School District, and their website is http://cms.everett.k12.wa.us/cascade.

Guitars for the Troops came about from a desire to provide musical therapy to our military troops serving overseas and recuperating from injuries.

Music is a universal language and is a constant request from our service members; it provides healing benefits not only for the player but also the listener.

Each guitar package includes one acoustic guitar, crafted specifically for rigorous handling and environments, along with a padded bag, shoulder strap, extra strings and a chord book with CDs.

This military outreach program is a partnership with the Aurora Fitzsimons Rotary Club in Aurora, Colo. More information can be found at www.aurorafitzsimonsrotary.org.

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