BY JAMES HARPER
Students at Chiles Academy need help from the community.
Daytona State College’s Rotaract Club, a service club for young professionals and students ages 18-30, has started a service project it is calling Mommy’s Wish list, said spokesman Huong Luong.
Learning independence and leadership
The Wish List is geared toward Chiles Academy, a local charter school.
“We are looking for in-kind donations among the local businesses and within our community. We are gathering up items such as baby bags, purses, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, feminine products, face wash, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, etc.,” Luong said.
Rotaract clubs provide young people with opportunities to foster leadership, responsible citizenship, and promote international peace and understanding.
The mission of the Chiles Academy is to combine a community of support and guidance for pregnant and parenting students with the goal of attaining a high school diploma, which will empower them to become independent and responsible citizens.
Infant mortality rate among concerns
The academy serves 150 pregnant/parenting teens and children in Volusia County.
“The DSC Rotaract Club is aware of the high infant mortality rate and have chosen to help the Chiles Academy that caters to this very problem,” continued Luong.
Donations are accepted at all times.
Luong said their next scheduled drop off for Mommy’s Wish List to the Chiles Academy is during the first week of May.
Donations can be drop-ped off at Daytona State College, Building 410 Room 110 with Dr. Nayar or in building 130 (cafeteria) outside of room 154 in a designated drop box.
Donations are also accepted and welcomed at the Rotaract Club meetings which are held every Monday in building 130 room 154 at the Daytona Beach Campus.
“We ask that monetary donations be dropped off at either one of our meetings or to Dr. Nayar in his office,” she continued.
Dr. Nayar can be reached at 386-506-3776 or at his email at Nayarr@daytonastate.edu
The Rotaract Club’s next meeting is April 30.
Future events planned
The club is also participating in the March of Dimes: March for Babies.
This is an annual event that raises funds and awareness to help promote the significance of awareness, treatment, prevention, and research of early birth defects in babies. The event is scheduled Saturday, May 5.
Donations are accepted up until the day of the event. Donations can be made on line at www.marchforbabies.org/s_team_page.asp?seid=1866230.
Members of the Daytona Rotaract club can be reached via email at Daytonarotaract@gmail.com or on Facebook by searching Daytona Rotaractor.