The Kenora Rotary Club’s Splash Park project has received a generous donation from retired teachers in Kenora. The District 26 Kenora of the Retired Teachers of Ontario has donated $4,000 to cover a water-spouting frog in the toddler area of the splash pad.
“We wanted to support a fun water experience, one that’s accessible to families and promises lots of play and exercise,” says President Eveline O’Flaherty. She added that the support shows how teachers, even after retirement, get involved in encouraging children and providing them with a welcoming environment.
Rotarians are hoping that the splash park will be able to open this summer. The cost of the project is estimated at roughly $530,000. At their ground-breaking ceremony last summer, Rotarians had raised just over $500,000 towards the project.
The District 26 funding is part of RTO/ERO’s annual Project – Service to Others. Districts apply for individual projects - education-related or other community initiatives - that support a local, national or international program. Up to $4,000 per project is available.
“The PSTO grant program highlights the many ways that RTO/ERO members care about their communities and continue to serve them,” says RTO board chair, Martha Foster.
In 2018, the Retired Teachers of Ontario organization funded 22 projects for a total of almost $80,000 across the province. These projects range from a reading space for primary students, to elder abuse education support, to sanitation improvements for a school in Tanzania.
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