The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is leading construction of a covered 20‘ x 30’ pavilion within the confines of the Chimacum High School’s garden area that will be used by the teachers and students in the school’s horticulture program.  The Club, led by President Paul Wynkoop, was inspired to build the Pavilion to enhance the ability of teachers and students to learn and work within the confines of the garden. The new structure will allow for greater hands-on learning opportunities for students in the garden area for longer periods of time during the school year. 

Rotary International offers member clubs the opportunity to apply for and receive financial assistance for local projects through its District Community Grants program. This year, the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County received approval from Rotary District 5020 to construct the pavilion due to the positive and lasting impact it will have on the school’s ability to expand student learning opportunities in the horticulture program. 

 

Planning for this grant began a year ago, when Paul Wynkoop, then President-Elect, and members of the Rotary Club met with the owners of FinnRiver to envision projects that could serve to enhance learning opportunities at Chimacum High School. The opportunity to develop a project to contribute to the high school, a partner of the Rotary Club, seemed like a natural fit, and the Tri-Area community was quick to step forward to provide support. 

 

Larry Howland, a long-time member of the Club, was instrumental in contacting Morris James,  a former club member and past owner of Hadlock Building Supply. Morris rejoined the Club and immediately began to contact local contractors, seeking their assistance in building the Pavilion.  The current owners of Hadlock Building Supply, Bill and Elena Kraut, provided building materials at a reduced cost, Bruce Moore and his assistant Brian provided the equipment to prepare the ground, Jason Woods of DD Electric donated the equipment and staff to dig the post holes, and Sholds Cotton Redi-Mix provided and donated the concrete for the post holes and the pad for the pavilion’s floor. Ken Larsen, another volunteer recruited by Morris James, has provided significant technical skills and labor in numerous aspects of the construction to date. Numerous Rotarian volunteers have offered assistance in the construction of the pavilion as well.

 

With the approval of the District and high school administration, Chimacum High School teachers were consulted to ensure the project would meet their requirements.  The project directly supports innovative programs that may be unique to Chimacum and be able to attract and maintain student enrollment, which is a top district priority. 

 

The project supports the vision expressed in the School District’s Wellness Policy by connecting students to knowledge about healthy food and opportunities for movement.  The Rotary Garden Pavilion will provide a wide number of learning opportunities, such as creating a natural and efficient area for instruction within the garden setting, connecting students to the garden area by creating a focal point where they can work, extending the number of instructional days students will be able to spend outside in the garden by providing shelter and a natural gathering place, reducing transition time between instructional spaces, therefore optimizing instructional time for students in the garden, and providing infrastructure to assist teachers in accommodating individual students’ learning needs when in the garden itself. 

 

Additionally, the Rotary Garden Pavilion will help to deepen multidisciplinary educational opportunities for students in foreign language, English, culinary arts, Career and Technical Education, science, and art, support the development of innovative hands-on curriculum, allow instructors to teach in a high-engagement space, increase student understanding of healthy food choices through connections to vegetable and herb production and preparation, develop opportunities for students to be outside while focused on specific learning goals, provide learning experiences that relate to Chimacum as an agricultural community, and provide a space for groups to gather where they can appreciate the work of the horticulture students.

 

The 20’ x 30’ Pavilion has 8 posts that have been sponsored by various local companies and private parties. The post sponsors are Finnriver Farm & Cidery, The Chimacum Corner Farmstand, The Chimacum Cafe, Farms Reach Cafe, Ferino’s Pizzeria, and individual donors Morris and Sandy James, the Matthes Family, and Pete and Helen Leenhouts. Each post will have a plaque that’ll display the name of the family or company’s name as a tribute to their contribution and act as a reminder to the students and staff of the community support that helped make the Pavilion a reality. 

 

Construction began in late July, 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of October, 2019. 

 

See pictures of the construction here.

 

Rotary International is a century-old world-wide organization of men and women united by their interest in humanitarian service and who, by their actions, take action to build goodwill and peace within their communities and around the world. The 2018 Rotary International Annual Report summarizes our global actions.

 

The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County, chartered in 1982,  is one of seven Rotary clubs on the Olympic Peninsula. Members of the public and those interested in Rotary are welcome at our weekly meetings, Thursdays at noon, at the Old Alcohol Plant Restaurant, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Port Hadlock WA. Walk-in guests are welcomed!   


 

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