Lawrence Elementary

Lawrence School Partnership...

Rotary Goes to School

Lawrence Elementary serves a school community that has over 70% of the children at or below the poverty level. During the year the Rotary Club of West Wichita provides a series of programs that allow us to support every student, teacher and administrator at the school as well as allowing all Rotarians to participate in at least some part of the project.

Rotarians to work side by side on programs that are fun and that provide a service to the school. Club members have worked together on a variety of programs including building bookshelves, painting a map, sponsoring field trips, delivering books to students, etc.

Because this project is modular, it is quite easy to emulate. Any club can begin with a support level they can manage both in terms of budget and volunteer time. The program can then grow as the club's resources grow. And it is certainly not difficult to find a school that needs support.

Kindergarten

To promote their interest in reading, each Kindergarten student received a personalized book with their own name and the name of two of their friends. They are the main character in the story which centers on developing a positive self image through positive behavior. For more photos on our Kindergarten project, click here:Kindergarten 2001-02

First Grade


Continuing the emphasis on reading, first graders receive their own bookshelves built by the Rotarians. The day they are delivered by the Rotarians, each student is given stickers to use to decorate their own bookshelf and 3 books to start their collection.For more photos on our First Grade project, click here: 2001Bookshelf Build, 2002 bookshelf build, 2003 Bookshelf Building, 2004 Bookshelf Building, 2004-05 Bookshelves Are Delivered 2005 Bookshelf Building, 2005-06 Bookshelf Are Delivered, 2006-07 Bookshelf Are Delivered, 2007 Bookshelf Building, 2008 Bookshelf Project and Delivering Bookshelves - Jan. 2009.

Second Grade
The second graders attend the lunch time show at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theater as guests of the Rotary Club.

Third Grade
The Rotarians have as much fun visiting Exploration Place as the students do. The students are treated to all of the shows as well as the exhibits at this hands-on science museum.

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The students get a chance to experience the aircraft heritage of our city with a visit to the Kansas Aviation Museum where they delight in hands-on experiences. An exciting climax for the 2002 field trip came when students were able to watch, from the original control tower, take offs and landings from McConnell Air Force Base. It was the first time many students had ever seen a plane take off or land. For more photos on our Fourth Grade project, click here: Fourth Grade 2001-02

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DCP_0032web.jpg (35915 bytes) The oldest students at the school get a chance to experience the responsibility that goes with privilege and the joy of giving back. The Rotarians work with the school and the local police department to clean up the homes of elderly residents in the school's neighborhood. In return, Rotary sponsors a field trip for them to Abilene, Kansas to visit the Eisenhower Museum. For more Fifth Grade clean-up day photos click here: Fifth Grade 2001-02 and 2002-03 5th Grade Clean Up Day

Student Awards
Each teacher at the school selects a student in their class for special recognition. It might be for achievement, improvement or effort.The teacher and the student are guests at a Rotary lunch meeting and the teacher explains why the student was chosen and the student receives a beautifully framed certificate of achievement. For more photos on our Student Awards, click here: 2002-03 Extra Effort Awards, 2003-04 Extra Effort Awards, 2004-05 Student Awards, 2005-06 Student Awards, 2006-07 Student Awards, 2007-08 Student Awards and 2008-09 Extra Effort Awards.

Newspaper in Education
Copies of the local newspaper are provided to the school for the teachers to use with the students as part of the paper's Newspaper in Education program.

U.S. Map
A 30-foot by 20-foot colorful map of the United States was 1-1Rotary repaint crop-web.jpg (15178 bytes) painted on the playground at the school. The teachers were provided a list of games that can be played to reinforce the students' study of geography, social studies and other subjects. All three major TV stations in Wichita filmed the painting of the map and carried coverage on their 6:00 and 10:00 news that night. The map was used again a few days later as a backdrop for the 2000 election coverage. To see how the work was done click here: 2006 Map Painting

Student Rewards
Rotarians collect items for the teachers to use as incentives to reward students for academic success as well as positive behavior. Contributions have included T-shirts, ball caps, toys, books, pens, pencils, calendars, sport bottles and many other items. Over 1000 items have been collected already in this first year of this program.

Angel Tree
Rotarians provide requested items from students and their families selected by the school for the angel tree program. One Rotarian spent hours in search of the specific, hard to find toy requested by the student.

Dena Largent, Dave Weber, Bob Goebel, Jack Flesher, and Mike Shockley
load presents into Weber's Christmas-red pickup truck on December 16, 2003.

Holiday Groceries

Food is provided at Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter for the families identified by the school administration. This includes turkeys, hams, and all the trimmings for a wonderful holiday meal. To see more, click here:
2006 Easter Grocery Shopping

Hot Dog Feed

May 20, 2008
ANNUAL COOKOUT AT LAWRENCE

The Rotary and School year ends with this club favorite.Rotarians cook hot dogs on a large outdoor grill and provide a picnic lunch for the students and the club members. For more photos on the Hot Dog Feed click here: Hot Dog Feed 2002, Hot Dog Feed 2004, Hot Dog Feed 2005, Hot Dog Feed 2006 and Hot Dog Feed 2007.

Club meeting at school Welcomes2web.jpg (21476 bytes)As a way of saying thanks and encouraging the Rotarians to feel comfortable visiting the school,ChowLine_scan2web.jpg (17235 bytes) Lawrence Elementary hosts a Rotary club meeting at the school. The school provides the lunch and the students provide decorations and a program. For more photos, click here: Club meeting at school_2001-02, Club Meeting at Lawrence Jan 13 2004 and 2006 Club Meeting at Lawrence.

Click here for Lawrence website: lawrence.usd259.org