25th October 2019 changed our club, Club member Anne Harding invited Bamford School principal Shona Hewlett to talk to our club at our Friday morning meeting. As a librarian Anne was focused on the school's virtually empty library but Shona described a school struggling financially but has a great community. Our members were shocked at the differences between the school experience we had to what these students are having. 
 
Valid questions were asked. Why isn't the Ministry of Education helping this school? What has it got to do with us? Can't someone else help?
 
Instead of "its not our problem" or "its too big" our members grabbed the opportunity to attack the issues. One club member and his family are that committed to this project that they have personally donated $10,000 to the library project.
 
- Engage with the relevant groups, Ministry of Education, local politician, school principal and board of trustees, local community.
- Document possible projects.
- Kick start our involvement by having a community barbecue December 2019.
- Approved an application to the club trust for funds for library books and equipment.
- Member support for breakfast condiments for pupils returning after Covid-19 lock-down.
- Apply to the Ministry of Social Development for funds for 20 weeks of breakfast and lunches.
- Engage other Rotary clubs for possible project involvement and fundraising.
- Other top projects include an upgraded playground, landscaping around the new school building and community garden.
 
 
 
 
Rotary team and friends putting barcodes on some of the new books
 
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