The Rotary Junior Community Award program has now completed its 20th year. These awards, designed by late Rotarian, David Hawkey, in the Bairnsdale area, engage Grade 6 students in four main areas of endeavour to be completed over the school year: Community Service, Social Experience, Physical Recreation and Skill Development. The students, with the aid of parents and teachers, design a program they feel they can achieve and keep a diary of their progress. There are now over 15,000 diaries sent around Australia each year.
The success of the program is indicated by the variety of activities the students choose to complete their award and the confidence and effort they put in, together with the enthusiasm and diligence of the people who are involved as supervisors, instructors, assessors, mentors and supporters. At the end of each year, students are presented with a certificate at a ceremony organised by the sponsor Rotary Club together with family, friends and supporters.
On Monday 17 October 2016, the Mayor of Frankston, James Dooley, and the President of Frankston North Rotary, Eric Neill, presented the Rotary Junior Community Award certificates and badges to 25 Grade 6 students from Aldercourt Primary School who had completed the program in 2016. Congratulations to you all. A special thanks to teacher Kirren Whaiapu from Aldercourt Primary School and Kerry Gibson from the Frankston North Schools Consortia for their work to make the awards possible. Thanks also to Linda Tinney for coordinating and organising the awards.