The Rotary Club of Frisco is helping empower future leaders at five Frisco ISD elementary schools.
Club members host a “Citizen of the Quarter” student recognition program at Bright, Rogers, Sonntag, Tadlock and Vaughn elementary schools. Anderson Elementary has a similar partnership with the Plano Rotary Club.
Volunteers visit each campus several times throughout the school year to hand out certificates and Rotary coins to students who display positive character traits such as honesty and trustworthiness. They also bring in local dignitaries and guest speakers to reinforce messages about service, citizenship and leadership.
Winners of “Citizen of the Quarter” are selected by classroom teachers based on criteria related to Rotary’s Four-Way Test:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Rotary Club of Frisco recently invited Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney to help present the awards at Bright Elementary. Students were recognized based on their commitment to being respectful, responsible and ready to learn.
Cheney spoke to students about how these qualities impact leadership and his role as mayor, including the importance of being a life-long learner.
“Never stop continuing to challenge yourself and learn new things. That’s what makes a great leader,” he said.
The Rotary Club of Frisco also sponsors opportunities for students from multiple FISD high schools to participate in Interact, a Rotary organization for high school students. In addition, the group recognizes high school seniors from across the District each month for their accomplishments, community service and involvement in and out of the classroom.
Local Rotary Clubs also sponsor high school student participation in Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), a week-long summer camp aimed at developing their leadership skills.