Area youths recently joined Rotary Club Scottsdale members at Scottsdale’s Rotary Park to clean and polish brass plaques displayed in the Park’s Unity Circle/Plaza.
The plaques are a tribute to past and present individuals who have given back, paid it forward and/or exemplified service above self within the community and the world, according to a press release.
Many students were from Brophy College Preparatory, with help from students from Chaparral High School and Our Lady of Perpetual Catholic School.
Students sought ways to partner with Rotary Club of Scottsdale and provide community service by giving their time and energy.
“After this difficult past year of Covid-19 lockdowns, it was endearing to see students and Rotarians working side by side on a clear sunny day in city of Scottsdale,” stated the release.
While the Rotary Club of Scottsdale provided the cleaning supplies, the students along with volunteer Rotarians spent nearly four hours cleaning the plaques on the park’s benches, posts, equipment, as well as the plaques surrounding the Unity Circle/Plaza.
The teens' tedious efforts were appreciated by the seasoned Rotarians.
Ken Brown, Rotarian “Grill Master” was on hand to grill hot dogs and provide refreshments for all participants in the park community service project, noted the release.
Rotary Club of Scottsdale sponsors several area school Interact Rotary Clubs that unite youths ages 12-18 who develop leadership skills while discovering the power of “Service Above Self.”
The Interact Clubs connect with Rotarians locally and worldwide to improve their school and community; discover new cultures, promote international understanding; become leaders in their schools and communities; have fun and make new friends from around the world.
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale plans in April, the release added, to partner with Coronado High School students to do a cleanup project at Scottsdale’s Papago Rotary Park.
Scottsdale Rotary Park is an eight acre "oasis in the heart of Gainey Ranch." The park was built by members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and then donated to the city of Scottsdale.
The park features lit walking paths, a children’s playground, a greenbelt, picnic ramadas, butterfly garden, a restroom facility and the world’s first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary “wheel” symbol.
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale Foundation continues to offer naming opportunities, such as, paver bricks, flags, tree plantings, playground play equipment at Unity Plaza.
For more information: scottsdalerotary.org.