News from The Rotary Club of Indio:
The Rotary Club of Indio along with DSUSD proudly announces the date of the 2017 Coachella Valley Rotary Math Field Day (RMFD). This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 13 at John Glenn Middle School in Indio.
RMFD, celebrating its 23rd anniversary, is a community wide event recognizing achievements in mathematics by Coachella Valley Middle School students. All three school districts in the Coachella Valley as well as private schools participate. Each year, RMFD attracts between 350-400 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Students compete for individual prizes as well as for their school all vying to be named the Top Mathematician of their grade level.
This year, there will be a special ceremony honoring our late 4th District County Supervisor, John J. Benoit. In 1995, as President of the Rotary Club of Indio, Benoit found that due to transportation and travel issues, there was a lack of funds in education for extra-curricular activities. Coachella Valley students were not participating in the Riverside Math Field Day. Through his leadership, Indio Rotary stepped up and organized this event. With the assistance of other desert Rotary Clubs and the business community, RMFD provides our local students the chance to participate in this type of competition.
“This event was created to promote math as a fun subject. There are so many simple things in our daily lives that are grounded on math principles. This event encourages middle school students to sharpen their math skills,” reported current Indio Rotary President Stacy Fifield.
Martha Mendez, Chairwoman of RFMD for Indio Rotary said, “There are many recognition opportunities for student athletes and very few for academics. This event fills that void and reaffirms to students that academics are very important and worthy of recognition. Think of this as the Math Olympics with a number of math competitions. We celebrate the achievements of our ‘mathaletes’”
For more information about RMFD, to volunteer to assist with the event, or to make a monetary donation to help support this community project sponsored by the Indio Rotary Club, please contact IndioRotary@gmail.com or Facebook/IndioRotary.
The Indio Rotary Club is the fun loving service club that since 1949 has been working to help make Indio and the world a better place. Our group of civic leaders share their time and energy to support our community. We meet weekly to network, hear speakers on various subjects and work on service projects including the Coachella Valley Middle School Math Field Day, Dictionaries for Indio Third Graders, and Scholarships for Indio Students. We meet Tuesdays at Noon in the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Our club is always open to new members who would like to participate in the activities. For more information, e-mail us at IndioRotary@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IndioRotary . “Service Above Self”