On October 5, 2010, the North Thurston Public Schools Board of Directors recognized Lacey Rotary, represented by President Bill Hislop, along with other businesses, agencies, churches and civic groups who donated school supplies or held back-to-school fairs for students in North Thurston Public Schools. This school year was a particularly challenging one for families in need, but groups like Rotary showed their overwhelming support for students and learning with donations. Thanks to their efforts and others, the district distributed more than 320 backpacks since August 2010 by parent request.