West Des Moines Rotary donates to WDM Schools
Recently the West Des Moines Rotary Club delivered 108 bicycles, helmets and locks to underprivileged students at the two junior high schools and students in the upper grades at four elementary schools around West Des Moines.
The beneficiaries of the project were students identified by the school counselors whose families were not financially able to purchase a bicycle for their student. These bicycles made a big difference in the lives of these students. It helped the self-image of the students as they now have a bike to ride to school or to go on bike rides with friends. The bikes also gave the students the means for good physical exercise. It also made it possible for the student to run errands for their parents. We have learned from this project and prior experience that for some families the bicycle became an important means of transportation in addition to public transportation.
During the period of the project, members of the Rotary Club of West Des Moines refurbished used bicycles, making any repairs that were necessary and cleaned the bikes. Twenty-eight Rotarians from the Rotary Club of West Des Moines participated in the project and worked a total of 207 hours.
The Club was awarded a Grant from Rotary District 6000 and collectively, between the Grant and other donations, used $7,621.04 to purchased bikes from the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, Bike World, thrift stores and other public donations. The West Des Moines Fire Department EMS provided helmets for all of the students free of charge.
The West Des Moines Rotary Club is a serviced based organization focused on doing good in our communities. If you are interested in learning more about our club, or being a guest at a future Tuesday lunch meeting, please visit their website: www.wdmrotary.org