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Twice a year, our club sponsors programs for the 5th grade students at Sayen Elementary School, where Megan Kanka attended. The spring program engages the students in planting flowers in the park. The fall program includes a presentation of local wildlife.
Club members regularly volunteer to pitch, catch and assist ballplayers at the Miracle League, a baseball field built for children with special needs.
Our Club collects used bikes for the Boys & Girls Club’s Bike Exchange. Using volunteer mechanics and parts, the Bike Exchange refurbishes the bikes and sells them to the public at low prices. The money raised supports the Boys & Girls Club’s stay-in-school initiative and funds scholarships to summer camp.
Rotary International has a youth membership program called “Interact” for high school students. Recognizing the need to have younger students involved in community service, our Club supports “Early Act” Clubs several schools.
Send Hunger Packing
Each year the Club runs food drives at local supermarkets to collect kid-friendly food for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank’s “Send Hunger Packing” program. The food bank fills backpacks and gives them at school on Fridays to children identified as being at risk of going hungry on weekends.
School Barbeque Picnic
Yearly, Club members cook hamburgers and hotdogs and serve students a picnic barbecue at the Mercer County Special Services School District’s NJ Regional Day School.
The Club purchases about $500 worth of pre-school to 6th grade books from Scholastic Books for the Easter Party at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Children in attendance may choose whatever they want with no limit, and any books left over are distributed during summer months.