Van Cleve students thank Troy Rotarians

TROY — Troy has many institutions not available anywhere else in the county or state. Three of them are the Van Cleve Sixth Grade Building at 617 E. Main St., The Future Begins Today nonprofit, located in its new headquarters at 305 Staunton Road, and WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25-A in Troy. On Tuesday, May 3, two Van Cleve students, their principal, a school counselor and the executive director of The Future Begins Today attended Troy Rotary Club’s weekly meeting to say thanks to Rotarians for their ongoing support each year.

The Future Begins Today’s Natalie Rohlfs shared that, through the support of Troy Rotary Club members, 360 students at Van Cleve were able to attend WACO Air Museum for a day. This annual field trip gave the students a chance to design and launch rockets, sit in a real airplane, learn the history of flight and the WACO plant, and many other activities. Students Margaret Snee and Henry Johnston talked about their participation on the trip and how the hands-on experience was so important. They each said how exciting it was to see how things worked, not just be told how things worked.

Weaver Aircraft Company (WACO) was the largest manufacturer of civil aircraft in the country in the late 1920s and early 30s. The museum is dedicated to the business and its many employees who made the company great. The mission of the WACO Historical Society has a dual purpose: first, the preservation of history of the WACO Aircraft Company and the Golden Age of Flight; and second, the education of young people in the area of math, science, technology and history, using aviation themes as a means toward enhancing student enthusiasm and response to traditional classroom curriculum. For more information, visit

The Future Begins Today’s mission is to provide nurturing, mentoring and scholarship programs to Troy students. Founded in 1993, the nonprofit offers after school programs, Homework Helpers, Lunch Buddies and other activities to help students thrive in their educational pursuits. Each year, they award thousands of dollars in the “Last Dollar Grant” scholarship program to Troy graduates who continue their education at technical or vocational schools, community colleges and traditional universities. The program has given more than $580,000 since it began. For more information on the organization, visit

Club members are always looking for new topics to share at weekly meetings. If you are interested in presenting your business or organization, please visit the Troy Rotary Web site at and submit your information in the “Contact Us” section. Troy Rotary is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. You can follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club.

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