Olathe Rotary gives supplies to school nurses/students

For the second consecutive year, the Olathe Rotary provided School Clinic Supply packages for Olathe public school nurses and students today, Nov. 30. Approximately 50 Olathe Rotarians, representing civic, business and community leaders in Olathe, delivered packets that included underwear, socks, sweatpants to alleviate emergency clothing needs for elementary students.

The Club also included juice pouches, crackers, mints, candy and cough drops for students with dietary and nutrition support. Olathe Rotary raised more than $3,200 to cover the cost of School Clinic Support packages for all 51 District Schools, inclusive of member donations and a partial matching grant from the Rotary Foundation.

Olathe students visited their school nurses more than 314,000 times last year with needs that range from hunger relief and back-up clothing to more serious chronic disease management for illnesses like diabetes, allergies and more.

When our Club learned about a need to benefit not only the health of our local children, but their education as well, we quickly sprang into action by donating items and cash,” said Olathe Rotary President Larry Rinne.

“Olathe School nurses were very appreciative of the packets last year,” said Olathe Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Cynthia VonFeldt. “Due to limited funding, our schools would not otherwise have these comfort items on hand for students, which likely would’ve resulted in out-of-pocket expenses for nurses.”

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