A local charitable organization is in its ninth year of helping an underprivileged school in the heart of one of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods. The Rotary Club of Shady Brook helped to bring an entire school’s worth of gym school supplies to the William Dick School, which serves students K-8 in North Philadelphia.

Alan Agree unloading his car with the help of William Dick students.

The supplies donated by the Toll Gate Grammar School in Pennington, NJ included gym mats, sports balls, hula-hoops, and floor hockey sticks, to name just some of the items. All of it was loaded into the trucks of Club President Jeff Revak and member Alan Agree with the help of friend Eric Williams.

In a press release, the Rotary Club stated “of all of the Club’s many service and charitable initiatives, its relationship with and support of the William Dick School is considered the most meaningful!”

(Left to Right) Alan Agree, Jeff Revak, Amy Williams and Eric Williams.

Over the nine years the Club has helped William Dick, members have donated several thousand books, hundreds of reams of paper, coats, hats, and other supplies pertinent to students’ education. Principal Amy Williams met with Revak, Williams, and Agree to thank them for their contribution.

On top of donations, club members meet with students and faculty throughout the year to check in. Visiting classrooms allows members to keep a pulse on the school and maintain a more personal relationship with the people they are helping.

The Rotary Club of Shady Brook is the local chapter of Rotary International based in Langhorne, an organization focused on bringing together businesses and leaders for good. On its website, the club states its mission is to “provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all endeavors and pursuits, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”