For more than 25 years, members of the Rotary Club of Westerville and the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise have been teaching the I-CAN character education program to second-grade students in Westerville elementary schools.

Rotary volunteers reinforce the social-emotional skills important to the teachers and district counselors in a fun-filled 30-minute session, held each week for 25 weeks.

As they have done in past years, the volunteers and teachers this spring were to hold a graduation ceremony for the participating 650+ second-graders.

But unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional graduation ceremony could not be held May 4.

So the Rotary clubs’ I-CAN Committee worked with participating elementary principals to figure out a way to deliver I-CAN graduation medals and congratulatory notes to each student during the week of May 18. The delivery was timed for school-year ending visits by parents to pick up any items or materials that were left in the classroom when schools were closed in March.

Thank you to all the participating school teachers and principals, and congratulations to the 2020 Graduates of the Westerville I-CAN Program!


Judah J. and Gwendolin C., second-grade students at Annehurst Elementary for the 2019-20 year, proudly wear their I-CAN Program Graduation Medals. The two are among more than 650 Westerville City School District second-graders to participate this year in the program run by Rotary volunteers.