Rotary, LCC help kids get back to school

TROY — The line to get into the building stretched down the block, but the smiles on the faces of the students told the real story of the success of Lincoln Community Center’s 5th annual Back to School Bash. The start of the school year can be exciting, scary and overwhelming, for both kids and parents, but more than 375 area students were styled and stocked with all the school supplies they will need to succeed, thanks to the event. On Sunday, August 21st, Troy Rotary Club was one of many sponsors to help Lincoln Community Center welcome the students to the bash, just in time to get them ready for the start of the new school year. The event was free for Pre-K through 12th graders and their families, and a record-setting number of students participated.

Again this year, the bash offered food, refreshments, free haircuts and school supplies so each student could look and feel great about the year ahead. Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation donated nearly $1,400 in school supplies such as highlighters, boxes of tissues, notebooks, binders, markers, paper, pens, erasers, hand sanitizers and bottles of glue for the students to take home.

Barbers Mica Cupp, Josh King and Tim Kirtley as well as Hair Restoration stylists Angie Lucas, Rachel Peck and Kaitlyn Helton, Troy Salon & Day Spa’s Meggan Barnhart, and Lita Brown clipped and snipped hair for more than 60 students who wanted a fresh look. New this year was information booths sponsored by area nonprofits and youth-centered services to discuss what is available for families.

Representatives from Miami County Health District, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Awana’s/Good News Club and CareSource were among those agencies on hand to answer questions and share information with families.

“The students were all excited about collecting their supplies, and the parents appreciated knowing how much the community supports the hard work it takes to raise kids,” noted Shane Carter, Troy Rotarian and executive director of Lincoln Community Center. “This is only one of the programs we offer throughout the year to help the kids be successful and support the parents when they need some extra assistance.”

Carter also added that the center continued to get calls on Monday, Aug. 22 from families requesting school supplies because they had been unable to attend the Sunday event. Located at 110 Ash St. in Troy, the center provides educational and recreational facilities and tools that cater to patrons of all ages, including senior citizens. To learn more about other programs available, visit the center’s website at

In addition to the Back to School Bash, Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, more than $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, visit