Our Schools

Dunwoody Rotary is very active in our local schools and youth outreach. For example, we

  • Sponsor an Interact Club at Dunwoody High School - rated one of the best clubs in school
  • Support AIDS education programs in several area schools - a program started by our own Marion Bunch who is now Rotary International's advisor on HIV/AIDS
  • Sponsor Character education for each class in four elementary schools
  • Support literacy efforts through book donations to Dresden Elementary School, reading to students, and provide funds for Parent English Education
  • Support the Georgia after-school initiative
  • Sponsor two students for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp
  • Demonstrate Teacher Appreciation through a special recognition day in the DeKalb County Schools, and by honoring Teachers of the Year selected from the schools where we are working.

Contact Roy Ethridge if you are interested in learning more about these programs.


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Started by a Dunwoody Rotarian and now part of the curriculum in schools throughout the state of Georgia, Character Counts is an education framework for teaching universal values that transcend politics, religion, and cultural differences. Members of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody teach Character Counts at three local elementary schools - Dresden Elementary, Dunwoody Elementary, and Austin Elementary - reaching more than 1300 students annually.

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Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advancing international understanding and goodwill. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact worldwide. The Rotary Club of Dunwoody supports two Interact Clubs at local schools - Dunwoody High School and Peachtree Charter Middle School.

Junior Achievement is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers - all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. JA's hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to young people all over the world. Members of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody teach JA at Dresden Elementary and Peachtree Charter Middle School - reaching more than 500 students annually.


The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest, is a state-wide essay contest for high school students, grades 9 - 12. Students are asked to select a "Law of Life" or maxim (such as "Honesty is the best policy," or "To give is better than to receive"), and to write about how the character value contained in the quote applies to the student's life. In short, the Laws of Life Essay Contest challenges students to examine and reflect upon core values such as generosity, courage and compassion, and rewards those students who are willing to take a stand for their beliefs. Members of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody support the Laws of Life Essay Contest in our local high schools - Dunwoody High School and Northview High School - provide readers to help judge the essays, and serve in leadership roles in the statewide organization.


RYLA is Rotary International's leadership training program for young people. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth, provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders, encourage leadership of youth by youth, and recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities. The Rotary Club of Dunwoody annually supports one outstanding young person from two local high schools - Dunwoody High School and the Marist School - to attend the RYLA Leadership Program.


Each year the Rotary Club of Dunwoody Career Team describes their careers and professions to motivate, inspire, and educate students at Peachtree Charter Middle School about the value of education and the abilities they all possess to attain their career goals and make their dreams for the future real. Through this program we reach more than 1100 6th-8th grade students annually.


Started by a Dunwoody Rotarian, the District 6900 AIDS Awareness Program works in collaboration with AID Atlanta to provide local schools with speakers living with HIV or who have a family member living with HIV. The Rotary Club of Dunwoody works with local middle schools and high schools to schedule AIDS awareness assemblies and reach out to the young and invincible students with a potentially life-saving message about their health and personal choices. To date, more than a million children in Georgia alone have been reached.

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody provides coaches for the Peachtree Charter Middle School Academic Quiz Bowl Team. Consequently, the team has a track record of success and both students and Rotarians benefit not only from the new shared knowledge but the friendships and mentorships that naturally evolve from the training sessions.


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