Booker T Washington Cluster International Awareness and Building Tomorrows Rotary Leaders Resource Project
In a 2015 DOE report, Brown Middle School was listed in the lowest 10 percent of high-poverty schools in terms of the achievement gap among high and low-performing students. GreatSchools.com reports that 100% of the students who feed into the Booker T. Washington High School Cluster are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 93% are paying reduced lunch prices. With education often called the “great equalizer,” in 2016-17 the AWER placed an increased focused on the BTW cluster including BMS to build tomorrows Rotary leaders who will advance the needs of the community through service. This work included hosting an AWER meeting at the school with community and school leadership present, establishing a Rotary Interact Club at WHS, attending school events (basketball games, banquets, etc.) throughout the year, AWER coat donations for students in need and utilizing the 2016-17 District Grant to fund school supplies for BMS (atlases, reading books, etc.). The 2017-18 project will provide continuity to last year's District Grant project by developing BTW Interact Leaders (5 students) and BMS students (5 rising BTW Freshman) and further adding to BMS students' international awareness through funding trips to locations such as the Center for Human and Civil Rights (recommended by BMS Staff).
In kind contributions are calculated as the following: (1) 2 - Interact leader x 20 hours per month x 12 months x$15p/hr. = $7200. Project volunteers 30 x 5 hrs. per volunteer x $15 p/hr. = $2250. Collection of winter coats (50 coats x $20 per coat =$1000.00)