What is FLAG?
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The Stone Oak Rotary Club is serious about helping the community by directly reaching out to “at risk” children. One of the projects the Rotary Club is most passionate about is “FLAG” (Fitness, Literacy, Attendance & Grades).
“FLAG” was highlighted by the Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang during his January 2015, San Antonio visit. “FLAG is an example of what Rotary is about all about”, says Stone Oak Rotary Club’s member Margaret Porter. Porter, along with her Rotary Club started this program in 2013 with Walzem Elementary School and it has since grown to include East Terrell Hills Elementary School. The Rotary Club has kept up the commitment to donate to each school (14) bikes, helmets and locks (2) per grade, to both boys and girls.
“Our goal is to improve the wellness of the students, as well as boost school attendance, which will enable the faculty and staff to provide the educational support and guidance to a larger population”, says Porter.
Several local business (Walmart, Sam’s Club, Gotta Ride Bikes, Impact Urgent Care, San Antonio Scorpions, Alamo Head Injury Association, Alamo Area MPO) have partnered with the Rotary Club to support the success of the project.
In February, the Rotary Club visited the schools to kick off a Poster Contest to support “FLAG”. The Poster Contest winners received soccer balls, donated and signed by the San Antonio Scorpions. At the end of the school year, the Rotary Club will present the bikes to each school.
The Stone Oak Rotary Club believes in "Service Above Self", this Project has proven to have made a big difference in the lives of the children and faculty of each “at risk” school. Not only has attendance improved, enthusiasm for learning has grown. The Stone Oak Rotary Club is looking forward to continuing the “FLAG” project and finding ways to reach more children in the future.
The Stone Oak Rotary Club sincerely thanks the following FLAG sponsors:
Sam Antonio Scorpions
Sam's Club #4914
Impact Urgent Care
Alamo Head Injury Association
Alamo Area MPO
Gotta Ride Bikes