Several days before the end of Belleair Elementary's 2013 school year, Belleair Rotary Club delivered five bicycles and helmets for distribution to winners of the school's Reading Contest. The winners' names were read in front of the entire student body.
A donation of 720 books was also made by the club, increasing selection in classroom libraries and replacing existing books that have been damaged beyond repair.
Belleair Rotary Club has a long-term relationship with the school and has provided mentors, computers, funds for teachers' classroom needs, dictionaries for students, and bicycles with accessories for reading competition winners.
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At its year-end Court of Honor ceremony June 3, Clearwater Boy Scout Troop 313, sponsored by the Church of Scientology, recognized rank advancements, leadership awards and merit badges, and welcomed five young men who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
They are Winston McDaniel, John Lumsden and Stevie Kirk; Scouts Damian Pires and Cole Perry achieved their rank in 2012 during Scouting's 100th anniversary year.
"I'm extremely happy and proud to have completed the entire Scouting program from Cub Scouts' Tigers to Webelos and coveted Arrow of Light, to Boy Scouts' Tenderfoot to Eagle," said Cole, on attaining Eagle Scout status. "It was not always easy but I stuck with it. I have learned so much, have grown up and have enjoyed so many adventures."
The Scouts were sworn in by Geary Titus, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1963.
Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a potluck dinner and cake, were able to view Eagle Scout project binders and photo albums from each Boy Scout, and perused a variety of Scouting memorabilia on display.
Since its founding in 1997, 26 Boy Scouts from Troop 331 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
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