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Pets for Vets

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Ronald McDonald House

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Apple Polishing 2016

Apple Polishing

The thirty-six year tradition at the Rotary Club of Buckhead of Apple Polishing continued on October 18-19, 2016. The focus of the event each year is to express gratitude to educators in Metro Atlanta. The Rotary Club of Buckhead delivered 2,000 apples to teachers and faculty along with a thank you note and a copy of the four way test to schools in the greater Atlanta area.

A fabulous facility was provided by the Atlanta International School to host the Apple Polishing and dinner, while the apples were hand delivered the following day.

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Atlanta Area Boy Scouts - Eagle Badge Awards

The Rotary Club of Buckhead is proud to sponsor the Boy Scouts of America. For 22 years we have supported young men of the Atlanta Area Council, who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout by funding the cost of their Eagle Badges. In addition, we assist in the ceremony honoring these Eagle Scouts.

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Horizons Summer Camp at Atlanta International School

This program is a Summer Camp located in Buckhead for Buckhead students. It will be held at AIS for students in the bottom 25% of grades K-3 at Garden Hills Elementary who are on free or reduced price lunch programs. It is designed to reduce Summer Learning Loss (see link below) and to provide 2 nutritious meals and a snack to these at risk students. The focus will be on helping these students attain 3rd grade reading and math levels by 3rd grade. Research very clearly shows that if this 3rd grade education benchmark is not attained, a student is unlikely to graduate from high school. Horizons is a 501(c)3 which was formed in 1964. Their camp model is used at numerous locations across the USA and in several locations in Atlanta with results showing 94-99% high school graduation by students who attended Horizon programs.

There will be numerous volunteer opportunities with varied roles and time commitments.

Copy this link, then paste it into your internet browser.

When this page opens, scroll down to see a 2 minute video on Summer Learning Loss

http://www.horizonsnational.org/transform/the-chal...

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Open Hand Major Project 2016-18

Rotarians, family members, co-workers and friends prepare, pack,and deliver meals to clients who have severe medical problems.

Open Hand was founded in 1988 and now serves 5000 healthy meals each day across 19 Georgia counties. More than 50% of Open Hand clients are elderly, so it clearly is an example of the 2016-17 Rotary motto of Serving Humanity. The entire metro area of Atlanta benefits from this effort to improve the delivery of health care through better nutrition. The individual recipients of the meals enjoy the contact with the volunteers who deliver meals each day and their lives are improved by consuming much healthier meals than they might otherwise eat.

Through the first year of this project, 90 Rotarians, friends, and family have volunteered providing almost 400 hours of labor to benefit Open Hand's clients. Volunteers have developed an appreciation for the scope of Open Hand's work and the care that goes into the nutritional planning for those with severe medical problems. Those who deliver meals have a greater appreciation for the needs and living conditions of needy citizens of our city.

RC Buckhead has pledged $75,000 to Open Hand over the three year life of the project. This generous contribution has been touted in the local press and on social media.

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