ELementary school children in our country need to have knowledge of the geography of the USA, particularly knowledge of the fifty states. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has consulted with the Thomasville City School system to gain permission to paint fifty foot wide maps of the USA with each state painted in different colors on their elementary school paved playgrounds. The result will be a year around teaching tool for children to improve and maintain their geography knowledge. The five Rotarians with participation from fifteen Interact Club students and their faculty advisor completed painting a 20’ x 40’ map of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) under the covered playground (pavilion) at Harper Elementary School. The map will be used to provide geographical education to elementary students at the school.
This project provides tremendous educational benefit to the community, with minimal economic impact to the Club. The labor participation was split equally between Rotarians and non-Rotarians, including great participation from the Bishop Hall, Brookwood, Scholars Academy & C.H.A.R.T Interact Clubs. It truly is a wonderful community project, that inspires participation by Rotarians and others in the community. The project reinforces the Rotary brand of support for education and will serve for many years to educate students about the geography of our country