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Santa Monica Rotary Club's Day of Service at Saint Anne's School

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By Daniel Larios
Staff Writer

April 2, 2014 -- To realize their “Legacy of Service” to the Santa Monica Community, volunteers from the Santa Monica Rotary Club will gather at Saint Anne's School on April 5 for the second annual Rotary Day of Service.

Members of the service-minded organization are asked to bring gardening gloves, garden tools, paint, brush and rollers to help spruce up Saint Anne's school. 

Activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will run until approximately 1:30 p.m.  The school is located at 2015 Colorado Avenue.

“The idea is to develop an annual hands-on project that meets a real world need in Santa Monica, as well as raise the visibility of the work of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, and establish a Santa Monica "Legacy of Service,” said Tom Woods, event organizer and Rotarian.

Saint Anne's School was founded in 1908 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary to serve the children of migrant farm workers who tended to the bean fields and orange groves that were commonplace in West LA. 

A relatively small school with less than 200 students, St. Anne's still caters to working class families, 86 percent of them Latino, who work for local Santa Monica businesses.

“This project will especially benefit the students of Saint Anne’s,” said Woods. “It’s a lift to their self-esteem and pride when they can go to a beautiful place to learn.”   

On February 1, 1922 the Santa Monica Rotary Club was officially chartered as Rotary Club number 1086. 

Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to “build goodwill and peace in the world,” Rotary officials said.

There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary club members belonging to 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, according to Rotary officials.

Rotary clubs address critical issues at home and abroad by providing health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, job training, youth development, and education to millions of people in need, club officials said.

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