Ray­mond Ro­tary comes through with ham­pers for Blood Re­serve

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Raymond / Cardston - BY HEATHER CAMERON

On De­cem­ber 17, a ser­vice project to pro­vide Christ­mas ham­pers for needy fam­i­lies on the Blood Re­serve was car­ried out.

“The stu­dents de­ter­mined that a Christ­mas ham­per project for fam­i­lies in need would be their ini­tial project,” Val Boehme, pres­i­dent of the Ray­mond Ro­tary said.

“We asked for teacher vol­un­teers as to work with the stu­dents and we had one teacher, a coun­cil­lor and two teacher aides vol­un­teer to help with the stu­dents. We wanted to do our first project be­fore Christ­mas, so the teach­ers coun­cil sug­gested we put to­gether food ham­pers for 12 needy fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity.”

Leav­itt says that the food, which was pre­vi­ously pur­chased with al­lo­cated funds, was pack­aged into dec­o­rated boxes by mid­dle school stu­dents and other helpers on De­cem­ber 17th.

“The ham­pers were de­liv­ered to the fam­i­lies later in the day.” Leav­itt said. “There were plenty of smiles and ex­cite­ment from the stu­dents as they all worked to­gether.”

The project was brought to fruition by com­bined ef­forts from the Live Like Lilli Foun­da­tion, Ro­tary Club of Ray­mond, match­ing grants from District 5360, and in co­op­er­a­tion with the Kainai Mid­dle School.

“The Ro­tary Club of Ray­mond has spon­sored sig­nif­i­cant Den­tal and Ed­u­ca­tional Projects in Africa over the past decade,” Boehme said. “With th­ese In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Projects be­ing suc­cess­ful, we turned our at­ten­tion to our neigh­bors closer to home.”

Steve Leav­itt, co-founder of the Live Like Lilli Foun­da­tion said that the prin­ci­pal at the mid­dle school was ex­cited to have her stu­dents and some teach­ers par­tic­i­pate in the project. About a month ago, the Leav­itts met with all the teach­ers and ex­plained the project to them.

“We re­viewed the pur­pose of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional which is “ser­vice above self.” Leav­itt said. “We also re­viewed the pur­pose of the Live Like Lilli Foun­da­tion be­ing “See good, Do good, Share good.”

Boehme adds that in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies who have at­tended the Com­mu­nity Carol Fes­ti­val over the past three years have brought non-per­ish­able food for the Stand­off Food Bank and toys, books, and DVD's for the Kainai Pub­lic Li­brary.

“This year, while ap­ply­ing for match­ing grant funds from Ro­tary District 5360 for Schol­ar­ship funds to be awarded to Ray­mond High School Stu­dents for "Out­stand­ing Com­mu­nity or Hu­man­i­tar­ian Ser­vice, we mad a sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tion to the District to en­gage stu­dents at the Kainai Mid­dle School in Com­mu­nity Ser­vice aware­ness and de­vel­op­ment projects,” Boehme said. “The Live Like Lili Foun­da­tion and the Ro­tary Club of Ray­mond both con­trib­uted $1250.00 to the project and th­ese funds were matched by Ro­tary District 5360 with $7500 for a to­tal project bud­get of $10,00.00.”

Last year, in a joint ven­ture of the Blood Band Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, Kainai Pub­lic Li­brary, and the Ro­tary Club of Ray­mond, three "lit­tle li­braries" were built by the Ro­tary Club with the help of funds from the Blood Band Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The Kainai Pub­lic Li­brary has man­aged and main­tained the "lit­tle li­braries" since they were built.

Leav­itt says that this joint ven­ture is the first project of about a to­tal of 8 projects which the group wants to do over the next two years

“The stu­dents were very en­gaged, as they had the op­por­tu­nity to serve oth­ers,” Leav­itt said. “It is our hope that the stu­dents will see the joy of ser­vice and in­cor­po­rate this as part of their lives. All the funds have al­ready been raised so if any­one would like to par­tic­i­pate with Ro­tary, they can con­tact me at 403915-3315.”

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