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Rotary Club donates pancake proceeds to Orange County Schools!

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Pictured here are the OCS elementary school principals and some members of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. Left to right: Hilary Bouton-Vervile, Rotary President; Dr. Meredith Maier, New Hope Elementary; Kandis Sauls, Central Elementary; Dr. Monique Felder, OCS Superintendent; Minnie Goins, Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary; Richard F. McCleery, Past Rotary President and Chair of the Community Service Committee; Christine Krieder, Hillsborough Elementary; Christopher Marks, Grady A. Brown Elementary; Lynn Brown, Pathways Elementary; Tony Widder, River Park Elementary; and Rick Ashby, Immediate Past Rotary President.

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Pictured here are the OCS middle and high school principals and some members of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. Left to right: Hilary Bouton-Vervile, Rotary President; Stan Farrington, Partnership Academy; Dr. Monique Felder, OCS Superintendent; Dr. Carlos Ramirez, Cedar Ridge High; Jason Johnson, Orange High; Dr. Gwen Roulhac, Gravelly Hill Middle; Richard F. McCleery, Past Rotary President and Chair of the Community Service Committee; Jayme Bell-Williams, Orange Middle; and Dr. Jeffrey Rachlin, A.L. Stanback Middle.

 

Rotary Club of Hillsborough presents checks to Orange County Schools’ principals

 

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough’s annual pancake sale fundraiser for 2021 yielded more than $10,000. This year, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough made sure every school in Orange County Schools got a piece of the “pancake.” Principals from every school received a check to be used for their respective school in whatever way(s) deemed best to benefit their staff and students.

For 30 years, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough has collaborated with and supported Orange County Schools. This partnership includes a scholarship program, Interact Clubs, literacy programs, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).

Rotarian Hilary Bouton-Verville led the program for the evening.  She stated, “We hope to continue to work with Orange County Schools because we believe so much in everything that you are doing. And we are just so privileged that you allow us to be a part of what you do.”

Monday evening, in the new J-Wing of Cedar Ridge High School, the Rotarians and Orange County Schools’ administrators and board members came together for the official check presentations.

Bouton-Verville shared that more than 40 local sponsors helped make the event a success.  And on the day of pancake pickup, hundreds of local law enforcement, first responders, fire and rescue, and medical staff received pancake breakfast deliveries. This extra act of generosity from the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, was a way to thank them for serving their communities on the “front lines” during the pandemic this past year.  Bouton-Verville said 75% of the meals were donated.

OCS Superintendent Dr. Monique Felder gave remarks on behalf of the school board and school principals who were present to receive the generous monetary donations.  “Partnerships are essential to our success.  To best serve our students and families, it truly takes a village to raise a child. The Hillsborough Rotary Club emphasizes community support and the support of elementary, middle, and high schools.  And today’s presentations are the outcome of our Hillsborough Rotarians’ dedication and commitment to the betterment of Hillsborough, not to mention a lot of time over the griddle making pancakes.  We thank you for your continued commitment to our community and students. Your efforts leave a lasting impression,” said Dr. Felder.