In 2008 RCM pledged $100,000 to restore the Brown Street Academy (BSA) school yard, part of the Greater Johnsons Park initiative. Rotarian John Walker led an effort to raise the balance of the funds needed to complete the schoolyard restoration, which was completed in the fall of 2012.
The transformation of desolate concrete space into a vibrant place for children and the community is now complete. In appreciation for RCM’s contribution, BSA has named the schoolyard for RCM and installed the recognition pictured above. The plaque reads:
The Rotary Club of Milwaukee contributed human and financial resources to the private fundraising appeal that made restoration of this schoolyard possible. In 1913, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee was the 57th Rotary Club to be established. Today, there are 34,000 Rotary Clubs with 1.2 million members in 200 countries. With nearly 400 members, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee represents a broad range of organizations and individuals committed to making this community a better place to live. During its 100-year history, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee has given generous support and encouragement to dozens of community initiatives, especially those focused on children.
It is with respect and lasting appreciation that Brown Street Academy names this outdoor area the Rotary Club of Milwaukee Schoolyard.
RCM’s $100,000 pledge was fulfilled through the first Andrew Bell Grant. Mr. Bell, a past member of the club and a tree surgeon by trade, entrusted his fellow Rotarians to honor his legacy through a substantial bequest of about $15,000 annually in perpetuity to the RCM Community Trust.
Read more about RCM’s partnership with Brow
n Street Academy in this month’s Spotlight on the Good Works of the RCM Community Trust.