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Lend a Hand to Education...

Teacher Mini-Grants help Petaluma students


Rotary’s Lend a Hand to Education program demonstrates that a community working together can make a difference in children’s education.

The Lend a Hand to Education program was initiated during Rotary’s 2003-2004 year.
We surveyed the needs of youth and education in our community, and found that school budgets were so tight that teachers often dig into their own pockets to provide classroom materials for students. These needs are even more critical today.

The program's primary and only purpose is to raise funds for Petaluma school teacher mini-grants of up to $250 each. Over the past nineteen years, Rotary's Lend a Hand to Education has awarded over $315,800 in grants to Petaluma teachers, grades K-12.

A total of $26,734 was donated for the 2022-23 school year, funding 115 grants in 23 schools. No administrative fees are deducted ... 100% goes to the classrooms

Teacher applications are reviewed in September/October of each school year for Lend a Hand to Education grants. Funded projects include field trips, science lab equipment, biotechnology supplies,  engineering materials, math applications, innovative reading and writing tools, machine shop accessories, binoculars, health care screening kits, art supplies, musical instruments, dance programs, special education books, world globes and maps, hardware and software, etc.

In order to fund the maximum number of grant requests, Rotary seeks corporate and community donations … and we see an outpouring of support from local residents, businesses and Rotarians wishing to help the schools fund these unique educational projects.

We appreciate the cooperative efforts of the Rotary Clubs of Petaluma Sunrise and Petaluma Valley to support the education of our youth.

Please join us in making a difference by supporting Lend of Hand to Education in Petaluma.

All donations to the Lend a Hand to Education component fund of Petaluma Valley Rotary Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, Tax ID# 68-0222925, are tax deductible.

THANKS TO OUR 2022-2023

Baird-Hendry, Pat
Benefield, Randy
Besses, Gerald
Bluto, Michael
Burns, John & Jayne
Carter, Jennifer & Matt
Dolan, Mary Kevin
Ervin, Gail
Fishman, Leland
FitzGerald, Libby & John
Frazier, Thomas
Guggemos, Barbara
Haire, Theresa & Michael
Hansen, Dave
Hartley, Loretta
Hillman, Ken
Jacobson, Noah



Johns, Ron & Marcia
Johns, Paulie
Johnson, Sally & Will
Klump, Gina
Lander, Tony
Lederhaus, Juli
Madrid, Connie
O'Grady, Jim & Joanne
Patterson, Jerrie
Petaluma Coffee & Tea Co. (Sheila Bride)
Petaluma Health Care District
Pierotti, Andrea
Rice, Russell
Schau, Kurt
Stone, Matthew
Thornton, Jo
Tirsell, Jack
Tuft, Pam & Sam


Major Sponsors

Sara and Eric Johns
(in memory of Sandy Tillin)

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