Over thirty years ago Rotary International made a promise to the children of the world to eradicate polio. This dreadful disease has killed millions and disabled millions more. In 2004, the Mechanicville Rotary Club initiated an educational program at area schools to help children and parents in understanding the ongoing threat of polio. Purple Pinkies was aimed at teaching children the facts about polio and raising funds for vaccine. On Thursday morning November 19, 2018 the Newcastle Rotary will be at the Max Aitken School to continue this vital education.