As a resident of Aurora and member of the Rotary Club, I have gained tremendous respect for the excellence of the Aurora schools and strongly support passage of the upcoming levy, even though I have no children or grandchildren in school.
Each year, Rotary honors students of the month from Harmon School and the high school, and it is amazing to learn how accomplished these students are academically and in sports, school activities and community service. Rotary recently established an Interact Club at AHS, which with support from teachers and administrators will enable Rotarians to guide students in planning and implementation of even more community service projects.
Rotary also provides scholarships and supports student activities such as the world champion tobotics team, AHS veterans breakfast, leaf raking for seniors and nursing home visits. Also, many senior citizens seek free technical help from Harmon students to operate their cell phones, laptops and other IT devices.
The aforementioned are all student organized under the guidance of Aurora teachers. On April 8, AHS and its staff and National Honor Students opened the school to 50 students sponsored by 35 Rotary clubs in Northeast Ohio for the Rotary District 6630 4-Way Test speech contest. There were over 200 people attending.
These students diligently prepared and practiced delivering impressive speeches, competing at their local school and Rotary Club for the opportunity to vie for scholarships at the final round at AHS. This generous effort by the local schools contributes enormously to encouraging and recognizing the educational development and contribution of Ohio students to the future of our communities and country.
Get out and vote "yes" for the levy on May 2. The continued success and stability of our city depends on the youth and educators in our schools.
Dick Rowley, Aurora