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Rotary Hears About Bethel’s Community Engagement

Posted 2/6/19

Garrett Burns, associate chaplain at Bethel University and director of Bethel’s Community Engagement was the program speaker at McKenzie Rotary Club on Tuesday, January 29. He was the guest of …

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Rotary Hears About Bethel’s Community Engagement

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Garrett Burns, associate chaplain at Bethel University and director of Bethel’s Community Engagement was the program speaker at McKenzie Rotary Club on Tuesday, January 29. He was the guest of Rotarian Keith Herris.
Burns said scholarship Bethel students tutor and mentor 30 pre-kindergarten to eighth grade students from the McKenzie school system. The after-school program is housed at Walnut Heights Center at the headquarters of the McKenzie Housing Authority.
It was first established in 2012 by Bethel teacher Stacie Freeman. She handed off the program to former Bethel associate Joseph Butler until his election as county mayor. Garrett then assumed the program directorship.
Garrett said many of the school assignments are online or require a computer to complete. There is a need for additional laptops and a large screen TV to display assignments or lessons. The program also needs an additional location to allow the younger and older children to be divided into more age-appropriate groups.

Rotary, Bethel

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