Rotary of Athens, a high school jazz group fights against hunger | News

The Rotary Club of Athens gathered at the ballroom of the State University of Athens on Friday morning, December 10 to fill bags for the Athens Full Tummy project. Rotarians prepared bags of non-perishable food for 219 students in need at schools in the city of Athens. Ty Parker, director of the Athens High School Orchestra, and members of the AHS Jazz Band also contributed to the project.

“Our club’s motto is ‘service before self’ so service projects are key to our club,” said Rotary Club of Athens President Tere Richardson. In recent years, the Athens Full Tummy project has become the club’s last service project before the Christmas holidays. The bags will be delivered to the school and distributed to students when they return to school in January.

According to Full Tummy project director Regina Kyle, the Rotary Club is buying and making bags for the month of January. “What Rotary does is they get a grant, so every December they pack up for January,” she said. “It gives our sponsors who donate food all year round a much needed break. Because they buy, pack and deliver these bags for January, everyone has a break for January and that’s great.

After stuffing bags for the Full Tummy project, all Rotarians and volunteers enjoyed a celebratory meal. The AHS Jazz Band also performed a series of Christmas classics after lending a helping hand.


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Henry R. Wright