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CASA GRANDE — On April 3, Rotary International District 5500 issued a challenge to the 50 Rotary clubs in southern Arizona: “What will you do with a gift of $500 from the district to help your neighbors in this time of crisis?”

Rotarians in the Casa Grande area responded to the challenge as a part of a $19,500 effort in the district.

Working alongside the Casa Grande Elementary School District, the Casa Grande Daybreak Rotary Club partnered with the Casa Grande Alliance to purchase critical educational games, activities and supplemental resources to support at-home learning opportunities for students, a press release from the organization said.

“With over 1,600 K-8 students with no access to a computer or access to the internet in Casa Grande, our ability to provide additional learning resources will provide small and important resources to help the ability of parents to help their children learn,” said Mike Cruz, CGESD spokesman.

Rotary International is the largest non-denominational, non-political service organization in the world with a volunteer force of 1.2 million men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Its 35,000 clubs are grouped into 530 districts. District 5500 in southern Arizona has 50 clubs, from Yuma to Douglas and from Globe to Rio Rico.

“Our district clubs have responded in such unbelievable and caring ways,” said District Gov. Ellie Patterson. “Rotarians are truly people of action.”

Tax-deductible donations from the public can be directed to the Rotary club listed above for additional support in their COVID-19 relief efforts. For more information, contact Kirk Reed at: