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LOCAL PROJECTS

We can and do make a difference in this world!

S.T.E.P. and Spring Valley Rotary donated $3,000 for much needed school supplies to East Ramapo School District for the 2022 and 2023 school years.

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S.T.E.P. Dictionary Project

A jointly funded program by Spring Valley Rotary, Orange & Rockland Utilities, and S.T.E.P. has provided 3rd grade students in East Ramapo School District with 10,416 dictionaries since the inception of the program in 2010. The teachers are eager to incorporate the use of this resource with their everyday curriculum. Their information includes word definitions, relevant science, history, geography, and social studies topics for reference.

“The limits of your language are the limits of your world”

By Ludwig Wittgenstein

S.T.E.P. started in 2005 to support the local backpack programs for students in the East Ramapo School System. Pictured below is a backpack giveaway at the West Street Childcare Learning Center in Spring Valley, NY.

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Below, Spring Valley Rotarians Mike Smith, Eddie Frank, Neil Winter and Chris Sampson are the presenters at Summit Park Elementary and at Hempstead Elementary including Principal Hazel Ortiz.

We were proud to support the Suffern High School Robotics Team in  2019. 

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From 2014 to 2019 and 2023 to 2024, S.T.E.P. has contributed funding towards the Summit Park Elementary School's Family Math Night. The goal of this event is to foster parental involvement and support in the learning of math concepts with their children. S.T.E.P. has funded the supplies necessary for each family to reinforce the learning activities at home. Thank you to all the Family Math Night S.T.E.P. and Spring Valley Rotary volunteers!

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Spring Valley Rotarians Chris Sampson, Eddie Frank, Mike Smith, and Seraphim Wood presenting at Grandview Elementary along with Principal Patricia Smith and Teaching Staff. 

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At Margetts Elementary School, Rotarians Mike Smith, Howard Goldin, and Eddie Frank are presenting with Principal Jacqueline Polanco-Fernandez and Teaching Staff.

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Spring Valley Rotarians Chris Sampson and Eddie Frank present to the students at Fleetwood Elementary along with their Teaching Staff. 

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During Covid restrictions in 2021 we donated 745 dictionaries to Margetts, Fleetwood, Hempstead, Summit, and Grandview Elementary Schools. Below shows Spring Valley Rotarians Michael Smith, an East Ramapo Faculty Member, and Eddie Frank, the dictionary chairperson, presenting to the principals at each school. 

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Fleetwood, Carolyn Fields                              

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              Grandview, Patricia Smith 

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Hazel Ortiz, Hempstead Elementary

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Jacqueline Polanco-Fernandez, Margetts 

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Jessica Alexander, Summit Park

Spring Valley Rotarians presenting dictionaries from previous years.

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