Rotary to help sponsor back to school bash

TROY — Have you noticed that the summer is nearly over? That means plans are ramping up for Troy’s youth to get ready for the new school year. On Sunday, Aug. 21, Troy Rotary Club will help sponsor the Lincoln Community Center’s annual Back to School Bash from 2-4 p.m. to help students be all set when the bell rings on Aug. 24. The bash is free for all area pre-K through 12th grade students and their families.

This annual event offers food, refreshments, free haircuts and school supplies so each student can look and feel great about the year ahead. The supplies include book bags, highlighters, boxes of tissues, notebooks, binders, markers, paper, pens, erasers, hand sanitizers and bottles of glue. A new feature of the event will be information booths sponsored by area nonprofits and youth-centered services to discuss what is available for families. “It takes a village to raise a child, and we want to help families know how to access important local resources to raise healthy, successful children,” shared Shane Carter, executive director of Lincoln Community Center. For more information on the event, contact the center at (937) 335-2715. Located at 110 Ash St., Troy, the center provides educational and recreational facilities and tools that cater to patrons of all ages, including senior citizens. To learn more about other programs available, visit the center’s Web site at

Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, over $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit

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