Over $40,000 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries, and fund grant requests made by Lakewood and Rocky River community organizations.

The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River began presenting the awards on March 25, when student winners in the club’s annual speech, music and art competition were recognized at an awards ceremony and reception at the Beck Center.

The Beck Center’s visual arts program also received $2,500 for club-sponsored scholarships, and $1,300 was used to continue the club’s commitment to provide a dictionary to every third grader in Lakewood and Rocky River.

Other grants for youth-related programs were awarded to: Mathew’s Lending Library, Lakewood Community Recreation, H2O (Help to Others), and the American Youth Foundation programs at Lakewood and Rocky River high schools.

This year’s largest grant of $5,000 was awarded to Lakewood Community Services Center for building modifications to accommodate its mental health services and outreach. Cornucopia Inc. (Nature’s Bin) was awarded $3,000 for assist with expansion of its job training program.

Providence House will receive $2,500 for its medical crisis nursery.

Additional community service grants were awarded to: North Coast Health Ministry, Lakewood Hospital Foundation, Trinity Lutheran Community Outreach, Rocky River Assistance Program, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp., and Lakewood Meals on Wheels.

The club Foundation’s assets grow each year as the result of gifts, donations and bequests by members and friends of the club.

The local club was chartered in 1926. Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in more than 160 countries worldwide. RI’s polio eradication project, begun in 1985, has eliminated polio in all but four countries, the lowest in history.