Harlingen Sunburst Rotary: Perfect attendance, good grades may mean new wheels

The first winners of the Wheels of Learning initiative at Jefferson Elementary – Luis Orozco and Desiree Pardo.

Harlingen Sunburst Rotary Club is giving away 72 bicycles as part of their Wheels of Learning initiative. Milam, Jefferson, Wilson and Dishman Elementary were chosen to participate in this incentive.

“Service Above Self,” a core belief shared by all Rotarians, is the driving force behind the creation of the initiative motivating students to do their best in school.

“Kids are our future,” said Sunburst Rotary president Jake Forbes. “Kids will make our community, and anything we can do to make the next group of leadership happen, we’re all behind it.”

Every month the Rotary Club will donate two bikes and two helmets to be raffled off. Students can earn tickets by having good attendance, grades and showing leadership.

Highlights of Rotary’s recent initiatives include their 18th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament to benefit high-school seniors in the area and the donation of funds towards the Lon C. Hill Park all-inclusive playground.

“We appreciate everything that the school district has done for us, and we appreciate the support that we get from the city,” said Forbes. “It makes it easier for us to make a difference in our community.”

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Rotary members believe that in the shared responsibility to take action on the world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to: promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.

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