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Sunrise Rotary Has a Heart for Indian River County Schools

Adopt - A - School Citrus Elementary

  •      Before School Library Readers - Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • ​     Bus Greeters
  •      Demonstration Lagoon Rain Garden
  •      Dr. Wijetilleke's Fifth Grade Mentoring Program

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)     The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program provides young adults with an exposure to Rotary’s values of service, high ethical standards, and peace. RYLA is a four-day retreat conducted at the district level and follows a seminar or leadership camp format. RYLA develops the qualities of leadership, citizenship, and personal development among young people in our district.

Accelerated Reader Laptops for Middle School Students     Sunrise Rotarians award laptop computers to contest winners of the Accelerated Reading Program at the Middle School level.

Backpacks for Children     Sunrise Rotarians donate and pack school supplies for deserving students before school starts.

Buddy Bench   Sunrise Rotarians provided a “Buddy Bench’ at Citrus Elementary that promotes inclusion and kindness and provides a safe space to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships.

Pre-K Program     Our club provides a “take home” book to each Pre-K student in Indian River County. 

Scholarships     More than $15,000 in scholarships to deserving local students and to students in India and the Dominican Republic.  

Growing Healthy Kids Project     Children from the Hope for Families Center and Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy attend fun filled, educational classes focusing on nutrition, wellness and exercise.

Retirement Home Special Events     Mother's Day and Father’s Day are big days at Florida Baptist Retirement Home and St. Francis Manor residents thanks to Sunrise Rotarians.  Food, fellowship and plenty of music made these special people feel loved and appreciated. 

Annual Visit to the Dominican Republic   Ten to twenty Sunrise Rotarians make the trip to assess the success and sustainability of the projects we have funded. Travel and subsistence costs are borne by member individuals. Funding for the projects comes from our Club Foundation, and some additional funding comes from District Matching grants. Much of this funding is matched by another non-profit organization in the Dominican Republic, Project Las Americas.

Working with the local Puerto Plata Rotary Club and Community Corps, these activities include:

Funding bio-sand water filters for families without potable water in the Dominican Republic.

Funding four aqueduct systems to provide an adequate water supply to remote villages

Providing Spanish and Creole language books to local schools

Funding an innovative literacy program known as “My Treasure is Hidden in Books” designed to foster a love of reading.

Funding scholarships for a group of young women known as New Horizons. These young women aspire to break out of the male dominated cultural norms to pursue professional careers.

For the last three years, Dr. Root has led a dental team to provide basic dental and oral health care to residents of remote villages who have never had access to dental care.

Our club purchased a 65-passenger school bus to provide safe transportation of children to distant schools and to provide essential errands for a remote village.

City-wide Residential Lagoon Rain Garden Incentive Program    The incentive program is designed to encourage property owners to install and maintain rain gardens on their property in an effort to decrease the amount of pollutants entering the Indian River Lagoon. Eligible homeowners receive a monetary incentive after completion.

International Coastal Clean Up with Keep Indian River Beautiful     Each year Sunrise Rotarians, friends and family members pick up pastic, styrofoam, litter and other debris along our shorelines in an effort to keep Indian River Beautiful.

Mapping Toxicity in the Indian River Lagoon    Sunrise Rotarians become trained ORCA Citizen Scientists collecting and analyzing water and sediment samples in the Indian River Lagoon. The program permits ORCA's educators and research scientists the opportunity to develop, standardize, and create procedures and training materials for and allows Sunrise Rotary the opportunity to adopt and monitor their specific sampling site.

Demonstration Lagoon Rain Gardens @ Stormgrove Middle School and Citrus Elementary School     Lagoon Rain Gardens demonstrate effective stormwater management strategies to students and educators in Indian River County.  

Disaster Aid 'USA' Trailer     Soon after our club purchased and supplied a Disaster Aid trailer, it was deployed to Florida's Panhandle to help with hurricane recovery efforts.

Stuffed Animals for Children     Together with Petsmart, provide a cuddly stuffed animal to 100's of young children who are unfortunate victims of emergency situtations.

Thanksgiving Dinners for the Salvation Army and donated to families around the County.

Girls on the Run Scholarships & Pancake Breakfast     Sponsor a team of 12 girls and provide a hearty breakfast to 200+ runners and their families and sponsors.  

Provide Violins to Youth Orchestra & Host Winter Fundraising Gala   Sunrise Rotarians have helped to place violins in the hands of many young people in the Gifford Youth Orchestra (GYO), an organization that gives children reasons to hope and to dream. The GYO spotlights children who are often overlooked because they didn't have artistic and cultural opportunities in their early public school education.  

A Tree for Every Rotarian     Students at the Freshman Learning Center are enjoying the shade and beauty of 69 new trees on their campus thanks to a collaboration of local organizations spearheaded by Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach.  The club was determined to meet a worldwide Rotary goal to plant a tree for every member in order to change the environment for the better.  To complete the challenge, the club planted an additional 18 palm trees at Cal Ripken ballfields.

 “ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY”     Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach and the Vero Beach Rotary Club held a special screening of the documentary  to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event featured a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion by mental health experts and educators.