Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 21 at the Beck Center for the Arts.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.
West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 14 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.
The 14 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.
Edward P. Gallagher, director of education for the Beck Center, received a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on November 15 in recognition of his 11 years running the club's speech, music and art awards program.
Over $56,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.
The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.
It was Dictionary Day, Noah Webster's 257th birthday, and Lakewood Catholic Academy third graders show off their new dictionaries. With the students is Lynn Donaldson, president, Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River.
Again this year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River purchased dictionaries for all third grade students in Lakewood and Rocky River.
Club members take the dictionaries into the classrooms and deliver them personally to each student. They then spend time talking to the students about how Rotary is active in their communities and internationally.