Originally Published: June 9, 2014 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT - Members of Prescott's Frontier Rotary Club presented the Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) with a check for $10,000 Tuesday during the regular meeting of the PUSD Governing Board.
The check, according to Prescott Frontier Rotary Club President and former educator Noel DeSousa, was the result of last year's Grapes to Grades fundraiser for the PUSD summer math and reading program.
The program, which offers remedial and enrichment classes for students in grades kindergarten through five, is held at Washington Elementary School.
"When I first came to Prescott not quite three years ago and was trying to decide which Rotary Club to join, one of the deciding factors was this summer math and reading clinic," DeSousa said. "When I found out that the program is targeted toward those students that are, in the words of a member of the club, six to 18 months behind, I immediately knew that meant these were students who struggled in the classroom, but did not struggle quite enough to qualify for special education services, and I decided this was a club I wanted to be a part of."
Grapes for Grades is scheduled for Sunday, June 22, from 5-8 p.m. at Watters Garden Center, located at 1815 Iron Springs Road, and will feature wine tasting, live music, a live and silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and more. The 2014 event is themed for Mardi Gras. More than 18 wines will be offered during the event. Tickets are available at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, Watters Garden Center, Tru-Value Hardware on Willow Creek Road, and online at www.prescottfrontierrotary.com.
PUSD Superintendent Dave Smucker said he appreciated the support and hard work of the Prescott Frontier Rotary Club.
"We're very grateful for the support," Smucker said. "More than anything, and the money certainly helps kids learn, but the other piece is your process and your willingness to recognize the kids in community schools. These kids are part of our community and they're really the future of our community."
As part of the summer math and reading program, Rotarians as well as business leaders in the community, visit students and read to them, DeSousa said.
For more information on the program, contact director Pam Percival at firstname.lastname@example.org.