Newport Rotary’s Teachers’ Mini Grant Program

Started in 2017, our Newport Rotary Club began a new a new program which awards annual mini grants to Newport teachers for programs which are needed  in the Newport School District. There are a maximum of five grants awarded each year with a maximum of $1,000.00 per grant. This year we awarded five mini grants of $1,000.00 each for the following programs: 1) the Washing Machine Project for the purchase of a new washer and dryer for cleaning and sanitizing towels used by the cosmetology program. The old machines will be available for homeless students to wash their clothes; 2) the VEX Robots program for the purchase of supplies to jumpstart the afterschool program to foster awareness and excitement in the fields of engineering, computer science and manufacturing; 3) the Moss Garden and Wetlands will help create a moss garden and wetlands feature in the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center greenhouse and incorporate them into the school curriculum; 4) Have a Great Weekend Project will help expand on the Newport Food Pantry delivery of food that goes home on the weekends for children in need; and 5) expansion of the Media  Center Graphic Novel Collection which allows students who read below grade level to find materials that are of high interest and visually appealing to the student.

8th Annual Newport Rotary Penny Sale, May 2018

Our 7th annual Penny Sale is now history. We had another great event handing out over 300 prizes plus six grand prizes. Our cash prize winners were Corey Beard who took home $1,200.00 ($200.00 extra because he was there) and Renee Simino who received $500.00. We had more than 300 people at the Penny Sale who all enjoyed a great evening of fun.

This year’s major beneficiaries are Newport Food Pantry, Newport Recreation building fund and Newport Rotary’s Teachers’ Mini Grant Program.

Thank you to our PLATINUM sponsors the Eagle Times/Argus Champion/Weekly Flea and Great Eastern Radio, our GOLD sponsors, Sugar River Bank and Lake Sunapee Bank, our SILVER sponsors, Claremont Savings Bank, Summercrest, The Messenger and the Valley News and our BRONZE sponsors, Curt Insurance, The Insurance Center, Harold & Geri LaValley, McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance, Cory Patten Auto & Truck Works and Dale’s Paint ‘N Place.

Thank you to all of our members for their hard work and to our prize runners and other volunteers. Also, a thank you to the Newport Senior Center for being there with food and beverages.

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