Rotary Club Grant Enriches Playground, Helps Honor Supporter of Children First

Coconut Telegraph

SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY APR 15, 2017

This winter, Children First requested a grant of $8,000 from the Rotary Club of Sarasota to make improvements to the playground at its Orange Avenue headquarters. The Rotary Club funded the request in full, enabling Children First to install a "Merry-Go-Cycle," a magnet wall, and large timber stackers. The new equipment, which is being used by children ages 3-5 years old, is developmentally appropriate and encourages children to learn through play as well as helps them to develop fine and gross motor skills. After the items were installed, Children First used the opportunity not only to thank the Rotary Club but also to honor a longtime supporter. Jo Rutstein served on the Children First board of directors from 2009-2014, serving as board chair in 2012. She and her husband, Stan, have been wonderful supporters of Children First for many years – as donors, co-chairs of events, and friends. To honor Jo's contributions, Children First installed a sign near the new playground equipment, naming the area "Jo's Place." The recent dedication was attended by numerous Rotary Club members and Children First board and staff members.

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