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Rotary Club backs ED Corps’ initiative

Elinor Mount-Simmons Special to
the Times
The Apalach Times

The Apalachicola Bay Rotary Club recently presented $4,000 to the Franklin’s Promise Coalition to provide ED Corps and AmeriCorps’ Opportunity Youth Service Initiative students with additional incentives to encourage them to complete their coursework and diploma requirements.

The club is a member of Rotary International, an international service organization, with 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs worldwide. With their motto “Service above Self,” in addition to working on local community service projects and providing grants to make their community a better place to live and work, Apalachicola Bay Rotarians also work with Rotary clubs throughout the world to help solve some of the world’s most persistent issues. This work focuses on six primary areas: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy; and Economic and Community Development.

“No matter what your interests are, there is a place in Rotary for you,” said local Rotary president Cliff Butler. “Apalachicola Bay Rotary Club is proud and privileged to participate in this partnership for it fulfills two of Rotary International’s areas of focus - Basic Education and Literacy, as well as Economic and Community Development.”

ED Corps, a program of Franklin’ Promise Coalition, was established in 2016

“We are very pleased with the community’s backing of the program, and being embraced by the Rotary Club provides an additional layer of support for the students involved with the Opportunity Youth Service Initiative,” said Joe Taylor, Franklin Promise’s executive director.

“Not every student responds well to the traditional classroom environment,” he said. “Here at ED Corps, we develop long-term relationships and offer opportunities for more hands-on learning experiences. Partners like Rotary support the students with resources to address barriers to success. This is their second year investing in our program and it is a fantastic investment in the students and our communities.”

For more information on Rotary opportunities and how you can get involved to improve your community and world, call Butler at 653-5848 or email For additional information on ED Corps or Franklin’s Promise Coalition, contact Taylor at 850-323-0176 or

Elinor Mount-Simmons is the ED Corps’ academic coach.