The Rotary Club of Door County North has joined with The Ridges Sanctuary to support Gibraltar students. The club had discussed supporting mental-health initiatives for young students but had not found a realistic way to do so.
The Ridges’ environmental educators had already been working with Gibraltar K-6 students and the Friends of Gibraltar through the Forest Days program, and with added funds from a Rotary Foundation grant, Door County North Rotary found a way to combine resources to address the issue of mental health by developing a way to counter the effects of isolation.
The club created a backpack filled with materials to support scientific and environmental studies: journals, colored pencils, sharpeners, bug jars with magnifier tops, bug tweezers, compasses and magnifying glasses to help kids who have been feeling isolated to more fully engage with nature. The group packed almost 280 backpacks for students and teachers.