Getting the kids to the school, or the school to the kids
My story about our group of Rotarians and Vietnam veterans building schools in remote parts of Vietnam and giving rural kids bicycles to get their current schools ran in today’s Journal News – click here to read it.
On Veterans Day, while my father and I visited Cu Chi, the rest of our group attended a dedication ceremony for the Rose School, a three-story building under construction outside of Dalat. When finished, the school will accommodate more than 400 ethnic Montagnard children, ages 18 months to 6 years, under the tutelage of the Dominican Sisters. Spring Valley Rotary Club’s Schools to End Poverty (S.T.E.P.) program has raised $24,000 for the project from Rockland and Orange county Rotary Clubs and schools, and will be giving more to help get the building finished early next year.
The photo above shows Howard Goldin (left) and Ed Frank (right), both Spring Valley Rotarians and members of the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 333. Click on the video link below to watch a photo slideshow of the dedication ceremony, including the presentation of the gifts of vitamins, soccer balls, toothpaste, toys and school supplies presented by the Rotarians and Vietnam veterans to the schoolchildren and their families.