• Rotary Year: 2018-2019
  • Application Date: 5/29/2018
  • Club Name: Lexington Sunrise
  • Project Name: First Grade Education
  • Project Total Expenditures: $4,594.20
  • Grant Amount Requested: $2,297.10
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: In the 21st century world we live in, more and more of our society is turning to newer digital technologies
    that are intended to make our lives easier and more efficient. This includes the wide spread use of digital
    watches and clocks. As a result of this widespread use of digital time pieces throughout society, we
    currently have a generation of our citizens that struggle mightily if asked to read an analog clock.
    Because they have only known the digital age, many high school and college students are often forced to
    ask someone else for the time if the only clock available happens to be analog in nature.
    Having recognized this deficiency in educating our youth, the Virginia Department of Education has made
    this valuable skill a priority for our youngest students. The current first grade Standards of Learning
    (Primary SOL 1.8) have specifically addressed this issue of measurement by mandating that First Grade
    students “will tell time to the half hour, using analog and digital clocks”. Our elementary teachers in
    Rockbridge County Public Schools work hard to ensure that all of our students become proficient in this
    standard and life skill.
    As much being able to effectively read a clock is a critical life skill, First Grade students often view
    learning this skill as a major milestone in their education. As they grow through the process of learning
    to “tell time” in the classroom, they become more and more proud of their accomplishments and want to
    display their growth by continually reading clocks and watches for their teachers, parents, and anyone
    that will listen. Learning to read a clock is truly a proud moment for these little ones.
    Additionally, the project will also supply all four RCPS elementary schools with an updated, new set of
    encyclopedias for use in our library media centers. Both, reading an analog clock/watch and properly
    using an encyclopedia as a reference are critical standards of learning that are required to be taught to all
    elementary students across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    Project Description:
    The Lexington Sunrise Rotary would like to contribute to the youth in our community in learning this
    valuable skill. Our project would provide a “beginner” watch to every First Grade student in Rockbridge
    County Public Schools. There are four watches the students would choose from 4 different designs at the
    start of the unit lesson on teaching the skills of reading a clock. The students would be told that if they
    worked hard and ultimately passed the final assessment, they would receive their very own watch as
    recognition of this wonderful accomplishment.
    A new set of encyclopedias will be placed in the library of each of the four elementary schools in
    Rockbridge County.
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 7/1/2018
  • Expected End Date: 5/1/2019
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 120
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: Every First Grade student in Rockbridge County will own a watch. This will help insure that all
    will be able to read an analog clock regardless of their family’s finances. All elementary school
    students will have access to a current encyclopedia. Standards of learning suggest that
    accessing library resources and the ability to read analog clocks are skills that are currently
    needed. This project insures that no First Grade students in Rockbridge County will be denied
    this opportunity.
  • Estimated Total Project Volunteer Hours: 20
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians will purchase the encyclopedias and watches. They will coordinate
    with the school system and will place the books in each school’s libraries. Volunteer
    Rotarians will present all First Grade students with their watches at the end of the teaching
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Rotarians will present the watches to each student. Photos will be taken and the Rotary
    Wheel will be in each photo. At the placement of the encyclopedias photos will be taken with
    the Rotary Wheel included in each image. These will be published in the local newspaper.
    Facebook images will be posted on the Lexington Sunrise Facebook page as well as on
    Sunrise member’s Facebook pages.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: We will partner with Rockbridge County Public Schools.
  • Letter(s) of Participation: RCPS Letter of Participation for CPG Application.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadRequested Community Project Grant Amount $ 2,297.10
    Club Funds 2,297.10
    Other Sources - none
    Total Project Sources $ 4,594.20
    Budget Uses of Funds Amount
    Four sets of Encyclopedias @ $699.00 per set $ 2,796.00
    180 watches @ $9.99/watch 1,798.20
    Total Project Expenditures $ 4,594.20
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadRequested District Grant Amount $2297.10
    Club Funds $2297.10
    Total Project funds $4594.20
  • Primary Contact Name: Elizabeth Moss
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: PE
  • Primary Contact Email: emoss267@gmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 540 223 1048
  • Financial Contact Name: David Dugan
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Foundation Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    19 High Meadow Drive
    Lexington, VA 24450
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  • Financial Contact Email: davida.dugan@wfadvisor.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 540 463-6237
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterFirst Grade Authorization.jpeg
  • Grant Number: 1819-18
  • Grant Award: $2,297.00