Rotary volunteers take students shopping
Posted on 12/08/2014

Community volunteers took elementary students shopping during the annual Santa Claus Project shopping trip. Each year, schools select students based on need and merit for the holiday shopping trip. These students receive $100 to buy items they need. Shopping assistance is provided by local Rotarians. This year, 20 students were chosen for the trip to Wal-Mart. 

Columbus Elementary School Principal Kathi Fowler said this is a remarkable event for many reasons. 

Deserving students can purchase some much needed items. "One of our kiddos actually sat down at the register and put on his new shoes," she said. "The time spent with the Rotarians is priceless.  I think they had as much fun as the kids."

Most schools sent their principals and/or counselors with the students. Fowler said she enjoys accompanying her students on the shopping trip. "This was a great way to spend quality time with students.," she said.