The Strongsville Rotary Club Board of Directors approved almost $1,600 in donations at its monthly meeting on September 12. Recommended by First Vice President Brenda Jumpa, the following contributions were approved by the board:
* A $250 sponsorship of Strongsville's 15th annual Senior Olympics.
* The placement of advertisements in the programs of productions presented by Strongsville Community Theatre. The group puts on three plays every year. Placement of ads in each of the three programs cost a total of $125.
* A $400 sponsorship to send one financially disadvantaged eighth grade student on an annual class trip to Washington D.C.
* A $317 scholarship for a student for the Seeds of Literacy Program, a free GED preparation program that utilizes more than 200 volunteer tutors to help students who didn't graduate from high school to obtain their General Educational Development (GED) diploma.
* A contribution of $500 toward a community health improvement project through Etta Projects. Etta Projects partners with Bolivian communities to implement sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, while educating and inspiring North Americans to act for positive change.The organization was named for Etta Turner, a Rotary International exchange student who died November 25, 2002 in Bolivia along with six other Bolivians when their bus driver fell asleep and drove off a cliff. Rotary District 6630 is asking eight clubs to donate $500 each toward Etta Projects.