Posted on Dec 12, 2018

Each year, Rotary Club presidents across the U.S. and around the world select a project the club and its members can support through grants using local club dollars that are then matched by Rotary International.

This year, Rotary Club of Mineral Wells President JJ Dugan wanted to help local homeless high school students. It was a matter weighing on his heart and mind after Rotarians the previous heard a program on homeless students.

For his president's project Dugan received club approval to provide financial support to those students in need and on Wednesday presented Mineral Wells High School counselors Hope Mesler, pictured center, and Stella Singleton, right, with a $4,000 check. Dugan submitted the project through a grant application that was approved for funding.

Mesler and Singleton said typically there are 15-25 students each year who can be classified as homeless. Singleton spoke of student abandoned by their parent. They said they will use the funds to support students in need in a variety of ways, whether its personal essentials, clothes, caps and gowns, attire for formal events like prom and any other way they believe the funds can be used to help those students.

It is through community support of Rotary Club projects – such as the U.S. flag subscription service with hundreds of homes and businesses participating – and the Crazy Kicker 100 cycling event that provides funds so the club can support and assist local projects and organizations.

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