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Hardin County Rotary Club provides shade

Hardin County Rotary Club 228 Country Lane Drive, Lumberton, TX 77657

The Hardin County Rotary Club recently purchased and installed a 20"x30" Shade Canopy at Laura Reeves Primary campus in Silsbee on Jan. 9.

The canopy was purchased through a matching grant from Rotary District 5910. The total cost of the project was $5,600. The purchase and installation of the canopy was instrumental to the club to offer shade for both students and teachers during recess time on the campus' playground. Laura Reeves Primary is a campus for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students in Silsbee Independent School District. The canopy is wind rated and capable of withstanding hurricane-force winds, which was important to the club for safety purposes. “We worked hard for nearly a year to make this happen for Laura Reeves campus,” Hardin County Rotary Club President Daniel Elizondo said. “This is by far one of the biggest projects we have participated in to help children. Our mantra is that we are a small but mighty club. When it came down to installation, our small group was 100-percent willing to get their hands dirty for this to complete the project.” Along with this service project to Laura Reeves, the club also annually donates butterfly larvae in the spring and conducts a butterfly release for kindergarten students on the campus. Hardin County Rotary also donates books to all first-grade students at Silsbee Elementary in its annual Readers From Rotary project in May to help increase literacy. “We are currently discussing an additional project to include with this shade canopy,” Elizondo said. “We certainly appreciate the Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees allowing us to provide for the district’s students. It has always been our passion to help children as much as we can.” Hardin County Rotary Club meets weekly on Thursday mornings at the Lumberton Fire Station located on 228 Country Lane Drive in Lumberton. Visitors are always welcomed to meetings that begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast provided --- PHOTO: Hardin County Rotary Club members pose with Silsbee ISD Maintenance workers Miguel Gutierrez and Roy Romero at Laura Reeves Primary after the installation of the shade canopy on its playground. Members flanking SISD workers include (from left) Secretary/Treasurer Wade Maclean, Rachel Donalson, Casey Copley, Darrell Sheffield, JJ Elizondo, Gutierrez, Romero, Kenneth Carr, Vice-President Donean Surratt, Jeff McNeel, and President Daniel Elizondo. 

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