Newport Rotary is selling bird seed wreaths for the Christmas holidays. The price is only $15.00 with our net proceeds going to local charities and special projects. The wreaths can be seen on our FaceBook page and can be purchased from any Newport Rotarian or contact Bruce Jasper at 863-4105.
Newport Rotary will be having its annual Pancake Breakfast as part of the Town of Newport’s Winter Carnival in February 2018. Stay tuned for more details.
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.
Congratulations to our 2017 Four Way Speech Contest winner, Ethan Houde and to runners up, Bethany Boone, Olivia Rasmussen and Jacob Merritt. All great speakers.
We are looking forward to more great speakers next year.