The Trumbull Rotary Club is all about service. The club is known in the community for the many programs and grants they sponsor throughout the year, whether it\u2019s adding benches to the rail trail, raking yards for senior citizens or building homes for returning veterans. Over the past year, the club focused a lot of its time and energy on children. Under the leadership of President Deborah Cox, the Trumbull Rotary Club has taken steps to inspire, enrich and empower kids in town \u2014 and around the world. \u201cThe education and health of children are two of the most important priorities for Rotarians around the world,\u201d Cox said. \u201cThe wellbeing of today\u2019s children directly impacts the future of our community and our world. \u00a0 \u201cIt\u2019s a privilege and a responsibility to do what we can to positively impact children right in our own backyard, as well as far away, and our club has embraced this focus whole-heartedly, with heart-warming impact.\u201d In April, Trumbull Rotary collaborated with the Bridgeport Rotary Club to build libraries in seven classrooms at the new Charles B. Tisdale Early Learning Preschool, a program of ABCD Inc. Over 400 books were donated, helping to ensure quality education for 140 low-income children in Bridgeport. \u201cCreating opportunities for success through education and health leads to a better future for all,\u201d Cox explained. \u201cThe fact that Sue Horton, our amazing town librarian, is also a Rotarian was a big plus.\u201d On May 25, 2016, ABCD recognized Trumbull Rotary Club with their Community Service Award. \u00a0Monette Ferguson, Director of Early Learning at ABCD, expressed gratitude, adding: \u201cThese books mean so much to the enthusiasm, pride and joy the children will take in learning.\u201d \u00a0 A year-long commitment to Trumbull students Most of the Rotary Club\u2019s efforts take place in town. In Trumbull elementary schools, Rotarians distributed dictionaries to every third grader in the fall and visited every classroom for the annual \u201cRead Aloud Day.\u201d Rotary Club sponsors many enrichment programs, such as Junior Achievement, and are helping to send a Trumbull team to the world finals of Odyssey of the Mind at the end of May. And this past fall, Rotarian Lisa Moriello spearheaded an effort to provide student athletes with safety vests that would safeguard them while running in town. The Club sponsored the Trumbull Arts 38th Annual Literary Competition, One Town One Book, and honors students from Hillcrest and Madison Middle Schools through the \u201cStudent of the Month\u201d and end-of-year Service Awards coordinated by Rotarian Kerry Stratton. On June 1, 2016, the Rotary Club awarded $17,000 in scholarships to 14 high school seniors. The Club also recognizes high school leaders all year long through programs such as the Four Way Test Contest, President\u2019s Volunteer Service Award and Student of the Month awards. Service above self Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the Club\u2019s commitment to youth is their relationship with the Trumbull High School Interact Club. Throughout the year, the Interact Club upholds Rotary's mission of "service above self" by engaging in a variety of service projects, which range from local volunteering to the support\u00a0on international relief efforts. Notable projects include the Trumbull High School Valentine's Day carnation sale, tutoring elementary school children through the STEP program, and participating in The Clothesline Project with Trumbull Rotary. While Rotarian John Coleman and faculty advisors Shirley Tyszka and Tracey Cranston play a big role, credit for the success of the Trumbull Interact Club goes to the amazing student leaders, including co-Presidents Kiki Yalamanchili and Kelly Cranston. Inspiring kids down the road and around the world Cox has also supported the Club\u2019s desire to inspire children in nearby Bridgeport. This past year, the Club provided grants and hands-on support for programs such as Head Start, Hall Neighborhood House, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Hands Offering Hope, the Boy Scouts, Mercy Learning Center, the Kennedy Center and the Council of Churches in Greater Bridgeport. \u00a0 Through the Trumbull Rotary\u2019s support, children had the opportunity to see Broadway shows, attend dances, have fun and enhance their learning experience in many ways. \u00a0 The Trumbull Rotary Club is also impacting kids around the world. This past year, the Club initiated a global grant \u2014 bringing together multiple local clubs as well as Rotary International \u2013 to design and print 20,000 classroom aids that will enable approximately 500,000 children in impoverished areas of India to study and learn geography. Spearheaded by Trumbull Rotarian Archana Uppal, this program illustrates that something as simple as a map can make a difference in a child\u2019s future. \u201cI am so proud of the work being done by the entire club,\u201d Cox adds. \u201cSo many of these projects took shape simply because someone had an idea, and someone else volunteered to help. We have such an incredible club \u2014 members who truly want to make a difference in the community and in the world. It\u2019s a joy to see the smiling eyes of the kids we\u2019ve engaged with over this past year.\u201d The Trumbull Rotary Club meets 7:30 a.m. Friday mornings at the Trumbull Library. For more information, visit TrumbullRotary.org.