The Arkansas City Rotary Club recently wrote a grant to purchase $3,000 in STEAM literature for the Arkansas City Middle School library.
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
Rotary President Dennis Rittle said the overall goal of the project is to advance career awareness in the STEAM fields while promoting student literacy and career development for the next generation of community and business leaders.
Several Rotary members spent time Nov. 29 talking with a group of middle school students.
They looked through some of the new books, talked about career opportunities and worked on projects with the middle school’s Makerspace supplies.
“During and after this heartfelt morning with middle school students, I heard each Rotarian comment that this exchange did more for the Rotarian than what the Rotarian thought possible,” Rittle said.
“We thank the them for their kind hospitality and look forward to future opportunities to interact with the students.”
Georgia Sweetwood, ACMS library media specialist, expressed gratitude for the contribution, noting the library had a limited number of STEAM books amid a growing interest among students.
“The Rotary has been so very generous,” Sweetwood said. “It was great for the students to have this interaction and to learn more about what their potential career options are. We’re grateful.”
This information was provided by USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call.