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EARLYACT CONTACT:  Richard Earne, (716-773-6346) PDG, Chair of EarlyAct in District 7090


EarlyAct is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. It is sponsored by one of the local Rotary clubs in the township in which the school is located. The mission and operation of EarlyAct are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary and provide the foundation and natural succession into Interact.
 
EarlyAct provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others.
 
EarlyAct also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local and global communities.

 

How To Start An EarlyAct Club

 
If a Rotary Club has an interest in sponsoring an EarlyAct Club, it can begin by appointing an EarlyAct subcommittee. One committee member can agree to act as the Rotarian advisor to the EarlyAct Club which involves attending meetings and offering guidance on service projects. Once the EarlyActT subcommittee has become familiar with all the elements of the EarlyAct program, it can make a presentation to its Rotary Club.
 
After the Rotary Club has approved sponsorship, the EarlyAct subcommittee can contact the appropriate school official or principal to discuss plans for an EarlyAct Club. The EarlyAct subcommittee can schedule a presentation to the executive board of the P.T.A., and then the subcommittee and the principal can discuss the meeting time, place and faculty involvement. It is optimal to have several faculty advisors. The faculty advisors are the driving force behind EarlyAct because they are there, on site, to guide the students in carrying out the day-to-day activities of the club.
 
The initial meeting of the EarlyAct Club establishes the goals and objectives of the club. EarlyActors plan service projects, which benefit their school and local communities, and those which promote international understanding.  Plan an inaugural "kick-off" event. Invite the District Governor, the mayor, and any other special guests. Prepare a press release. It is critical to contact the press and news media to publicize the event.

 

Objectives Of EarlyAct

 
The purpose of EarlyAct is to provide young students with the opportunities to participate in active citizenship in a culturally diverse democratic society within an interdependent world.
 
EarlyAct: Partners in Character Education addresses the following objectives:
 
1.  The students develop committed citizenship and leadership qualities identifying and taking responsibilities for real life problems within their school, local and global communities.
 
2.  The students realize the importance of respect, dignity and caring for all people by promoting good will and understanding through their active participation at school, local and community levels.
 
3.  The students develop high student achievement by actively participating in various projects to improve the quality of life for their school, local and global communities. They work with the sponsoring Rotary club members as facilitators, mentors and role models.