Community Service

Wellness Checks

headerLogoWellness Checks are an affordable community multiphasic blood analysis available to all community members. Excela Health partners with the Rotary to present these screenings as a benefit to our community and those they serve. This popular program includes 22 tests that monitor all major body organs as well as a glucose (blood sugar) and cholesterol test, a complete blood count is included for a cost of only $35.00. The comparable cost of having these tests done individually or not as part of a community health fair or similar event would be well over $200. Results are processed at an Excela Health laboratory and are screened for abnormalities

Fasting for 12 hours prior to the testing is recommended. Participants receive a copy of the results and a booklet explaining what the tests are for in the mail approximately 7-10 days following.

For dates and locations, visit www.excelahealth. org

Kindergarten Tree Planting

RotaryPark3In a mutually beneficial undertaking, in 2010 the Rotary Club of Latrobe partnered with the Greater Latrobe School District to provide an outdoor educational experience for local kindergarten classes on Earth Day. With both the financial and physical help of our club, kindergarten students from each of the three elementary schools in the district planted trees to help replace dead trees and prevent bank erosion along Nine Mile Run. Environmental science students from the high school also participated by helping with the tree planting and by planning Earth Day activities for the kindergarteners. With the increase in educational activities at the park, one of the most important objectives of the original committee is becoming a reality. To support and provide a staging area for future outdoor education opportunities at the park, a second pavilion is being planned as an outdoor classroom. It will be elevated to overlook a wetlands area at the rear of the park.

Capstone Project

RotaryPark1Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, our club has supported the environmental science department at the Greater Latrobe School District in their efforts to address eroding stream banks along Nine Mile Run as it flows through Rotary Park. Over a three-year period, more than two hundred high school students worked to install nineteen log strucures that stabilize the banks and direct the water flow to improve fish habitats. Not only has their effort minimized erosion, but the number of fish species has increased from nine in 2007 to twenty-two in 2010. In the process, students have learned to connect classroom concepts with real-life solutions to environmental problems.