Club members, principals, teachers and other guests with a focus on education gathered on

April 2nd to celebrate twenty-five years of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North’s (RCSBN)

partnership with Adams Elementary School. The annual meeting at the school highlighted the

many programs and personalities featured over the 25 year span of RCSBN’s volunteer efforts

at Adams.

2014 Rotary President Stanley Weinstein kicked off the meeting inviting Lucille Ramirez,

representing Partners in Education, a non-profit organization of the Santa Barbara County

Education Office, to lead in the invocation. Afterwards, two Adams students, Natalie and

Karina Castillo, teamed up to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Castillo children

and their parents also received the “Adams Family” Award initiated and presented by RCSBN

member Tom Jacobs. The award celebrates the volunteer efforts of supportive families whose

efforts to give back to the Adams community mirror and support the work of Rotary volunteers.

Dennis Waid, a club member and longtime Adams volunteer, then introduced the many special

guests who have been instrumental in the Club’s partnership with Adams School for the past 25

years. Special guests included Kate Parker, President of the Santa Barbara School Board; Lucille

Ramirez, County of SB Partners in Education Board; Jo Ann Caines, Principal of La Cumbre Jr.

High and former Adams Principal; Kathy Escobar, retired Adams teacher and Rotarian; and

Larry Bender, Rotarian from District 5280, Los Angeles. All of the special guests took a moment

to reflect on the 25-year partnership between Adams School and the Rotary Club of Santa

Barbara North and to offer thanks to RCSBN for its efforts in supporting Adams School.

Community Service Chairman Tom Jacobs then took over and highlighted the many avenues of

service provided to Adams school over the past 25 years. In the classroom contributions include

tutoring, supporting the Computers for Kids Program, and holding an annual Rotary themed

essay contest. RCSBN has extended its support to the Library by supplying books for the

Rewards Program, donating a book each week to celebrate Club program speaker topics, and

sponsoring yearly library purchases from Club donations. RSBN’s efforts at Adams inspired Los

Angeles area clubs in Rotary District 5280 to donate 1000 books to the Library. RCSBN was also

active on the school grounds, planting trees in honor of Arbor Day, creating planter boxes for a

garden area, and funding a large play structure with a Rotary Grant. In addition, Club members

regularly pitch in on School Beautification Days and other school festivals. Outside the school

the club annually sponsors an Adams Chalk Art Square for I Madonnari Festival. Over the 25

years of partnership the club has provided over $65,000 in cash grants to the school.

At the conclusion of the meeting Adams Principal Amy Alzina presented a strategic plan

integrating technology in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). She demonstrated how

the school’s new 3-d printers and modeling of mathematical concepts have made learning more

concrete. The new technological tools supported by the Club have enabled students to work to

their maximum potential, nurturing both college and workplace skills. Principle Alzina stressed

that beyond technology, Adams believes in reaching children through cultivating caring

relationships, relationships built around trust and developed through work and play. Fostering

an environment of success and service is how Adams is creating a winning environment for

every student, and in numerous ways for over 25 years, the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North

has been partnering with the school to realize that goal


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