The ideal Rotary LOCAL grant involves service to the community, a pursuit of academic excellence, and can be fulfilled by partnering with a local business. This request had all three. Frank McCormick, the Assistant Principal at Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School requested primary paints to beautify the campus and involved Math and Art classes in the process.
Math students practiced their understanding of proportions and ratios by creating custom blends of primary colors to complete exterior murals on large trash receptacles and garden boxes throughout the campus. Working with the school's "Be Kind" club, student artists created a variety of murals with messages re-enforcing school-wide themes of being "Respectful," "Responsible," and "Compassionate".
Stuart Katz of The Rincon Rotary coordinated a donation from Dunn Edwards Paints, a long time Rotary partner, to help this idea come to fruition.
Rincon Rotary's support is part of its Rotary LOCAL program, whose mission is to help improve the local community through educational outreach. Rotary LOCAL can provide manpower, resources from local business partners, or in some cases, direct financial support to teachers who apply for assistance.
To find out more about Rotary LOCAL and how it may be able to help you, go to rotarylocal.org. Primary support for Rotary LOCAL comes from the Rincon Rotary's annual fundraiser, The Tucson Taste of Chocolate.