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Teachers' Lounges - Since the Board of Education does not provide funds for lounges, the club decided that one of its community service projects would be to work with each Crofton elementary school to help make renovations.  Each lounge had different requirements such as paint, new tables and chairs, bookcases and for one a small kitchen.  Now, teachers have a comfortable place to relax between classes, have discussions, and work on various projects.

Linthicum Walks - Restoration of Crofton's oldest property was a project to mark the Centennial (2004) of Rotary International.  Built in 1780, the house sits on six acres next to the Middle School.  The club helped with the renovating and restoring of the house, plus clean-up work on the extensive gardens.  $100k in grants was raised from the government for capital improvements to the building.  Crofton's rich history is chronicled in the book "From Sotweed to Suburbia: A History of Crofton, Maryland Area, 1660s-1960s". The club arranged with its author, Dr. Joseph L. Browne, to write a second edition to include a four-decade update. Sales of the book served as a fundraiser for the project.

Back to School Event - To help students and parents prepare for the opening of the school-year, the club was one of the primary sponsors of a one-day event consisting of numerous booths by local businesses and public institutions such as the library, etc.

Craft Fair - Each Spring and Fall the club provides a booth at the Crofton Craft Fair held at the Crofton Country Club parking lot.  This provides an opportunity to tell others about Rotary and its numerous projects, plus sell copies of the Crofton history book  The South River High School Interact Club sells bottles of water with profits going to its community projects.

Sarah's House - This long-time club project is located on the edge of Fort George G. Meade Army Base.  It is an emergency shelter, especially for women, and transitional housing for families. South River High School Interact Cub members help to celebrate events with the children like Halloween and provide them shoes (over 100 in 2009) at Christmas. With Rotary Club funds, the Interact club is continuing the project to provide shoes for children in the shelter.