Rotary gives back to students in need of supplies

More than 140 backpacks were filled this August.

The Moorestown Breakfast Rotary Club hosted an event this August in which 140 backpacks were filled with school supplies, from folders to pencils, for Moorestown students in need in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.

The backpacks were delivered to Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development (MEND), and the school district during the event on Thursday. Those groups will then deliver the backpacks to those in need. The total value of the supplies is $8,000, and every member of the Rotary Breakfast Club participated. This has been a Moorestown Rotary Breakfast Club tradition for more two decades helping more than 3000 students.

To date, the club has funded total scholarships more than $250,000; general charitable donations exceeding $150,000; Paul Harris Foundation support more than $135,000; an annual technology school /college scholarship program; an annual back pack school program; Rotary Youth Leadership Award ( RYLA) scholarships; participating in the Moorestown Citizen of the Year; Christmas gift card to middle school needy children & families and Rotary District 7500 projects; shelter box, Gift of Life, Polio Plus.

In addition, the club has been named custodian of the Jeff Young Park in Moorestown and will be responsible for maintenance and spring readiness, and sponsoring the Jeff Young Scholarship given annually to a Moorestown High School student.