THE DOWNTOWN GARDENS
The Club is the leading organization on this community beautification project, in which participating organizations plant a raised bed with aesthetically appealing and beneficial plant material. The space also serves informational and educational purposes, as students from the INTERACT Club and community members maintain the space and conduct events onsite. Visit facebook.com/TheDowntownGardens to learn more about the Gardens, fundraisers, and service opportunities!
NEW TEACHERS' DINNER
Each fall, the Club, in conjunction with another local organization, coordinates and co-sponsors a dinner to welcome new educators and administrators to the community. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet new faces, inform them of Rotary's close relationship to the public school system and invite them to learn more about the service-oriented opportunities in their new community!
THE DICTIONARY PROJECT
Each year, dictionaries are given to third-graders at every elementary school in Louisa County. Rotarian Judy Seaton, says, "We know that the third grade is a pivotal year in education since it's when most students start learning about research and searching for answers to questions. The reference books provide children with a tool they can use at their own discretion. They can use it at home or in the classroom." To date, nearly 4,000 dictionaries have been distributed through this program.
CHILDREN'S BOOK DONATIONS
Each time a speaker or special guest visits the Club to present on a selected subject, a children's or youth-appropriate book is selected by the Club for donation to the Louisa County Public Library. A label is affixed to the interior front cover to note the speaker/guest, date, and Club.
To date, over 250 books have been contributed through this program.
YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST
Contestants must be students in grade 7 or 8 within District 7610. Clubs may submit only one entry. The length of the essay must be between 500-1500 words, typed (12 pt font), double spaced, and submitted by e-mail. Entries must be received on or before the deadline. First, second and third place winners of the District Finals receive cash awards.
YOUTH SPEECH CONTEST
Contestants, who must be in grades 9 – 12, speak for 5-8 minutes on the Rotary theme or a selected prompt. Club first place winners advance to the area contest held by Assistant Governors. Each first place winner in the Area contests will advance to compete in the District Final Contest. First, second and third place winners of the District Finals receive cash awards.
Each year, the Club's Scholarship Committee reviews applications to evaluate and select one accomplished high school senior to receive a $1,000+ scholarship to be used in the pursuit of continued education at a college or university. The application process begins in February and ends in April. The 2020 packet, including guidelines & application, are available at the below links.
THE BARTER PLAYERS
For 17 years, the Rotary Club has sponsored an appearance of the Barter Players in Louisa County, offering area youth an opportunity to experience live theatre. Each year the Players tell us the Louisa students are one of the most attentive and appreciative audiences they have on their three-month winter tour throughout Virginia and neighboring states. For a list of 2019 sponsors, please click here.
The 2020 performances are as follows:
Elementary - Peter Pan
Middle & High School - The Red Badge of Courage
Public Performance of The Red Badge of Courage at the Louisa Arts Center on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm. Tickets available at www.LouisaArts.org