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Rotary Club donates uniforms to South Providence

Waxhaw-Weddington Rotary Club president Larry Hook signs a mock check for $4,000 that the club raised to buy uniforms for South Providence School in Waxhaw. Pictured from left, are Waxhaw-Weddington Rotary Club president-elect Arthur Lightbody; Rotary member and Union County Commissioner Parker Mills; Hook; and Rotary vice president-elect Cathy Burns.

Thanks to the generosity of the Waxhaw-Weddington Rotary Club, students at South Providence School in Waxhaw now have new uniforms.
   
Waxhaw Rotary President Larry Hook said the Rotary’s theme this year is “Make Dreams Real.” Inside that concept, he said, is youth development. “Anything that benefits children in need,” he said. “We were able to add some local funds as well as some matching funds from the district level to make this project happen.”
   
“I’m blown away that they have spent $4,000 and as much time and energy as they have to help our students,” said South Providence principal Dana Crosson. “It’s phenomenal. It means more than I can say. It’s our community coming out here and supporting us.”
   
Fund-raisers were held throughout the year, Hook said, including a 5-K Run held in Waxhaw in April 2008. “Club members also chipped in money from their own pockets,” he added. 
   
The school was presented a check for $4,000, making it possible to purchase enough uniforms to outfit the school’s approximately 110 students. Rotary members attended a February 12, 2009, assembly at the school and assisted in the distribution of the new uniforms.
   
Jerry Myles, a South Providence counselor who worked with the Rotary on the project from the school level, said the contribution will allow every student to receive two clothing items, and the school will still have some items left over.
   
“Every student got a shirt with the school’s logo, and then received an additional clothing item – either a hoodie, a pair of cotton pants, a belt or another school shirt,” he said. “We’re very thankful to the Rotary Club for what they’ve done.”
   
Crosson said the extra uniforms will help those students who can not afford a uniform when they begin at South Providence. “This enables us to have some back up now that we can present to students in need when they come to us.”
   
Extra uniforms will also be placed in the school’s store for students to purchase with the good behavior/academic coupons they receive. 
   
Myles said he is also appreciative of Signature Services in Waxhaw for offering the school a special rate to offset the cost of the uniforms.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 09, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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