Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UHS Interact Club earns Rotary Presidential Citation for an outstanding year

Bob Listerman, left, and Paul Merluzzi, right in the above photo, presented the Presidential Citation the club earned this year to the cub's leadership team: Alex RizaldiElla MaloneyJulia McDonnell and Jenna Meyerson, left to right above. 

The Interact Club was highly organized this year with two seniors leading, Jenna Meyerson, President, and Alex Rizaldi, Vice President. They were supported by a group of project managers, one each for every project undertaken this year. The two project leaders participating in their presentation were sophomores Ella Maloney and Julia McDonnell. Among the projects and activities this year were: 
  • Participating in the Route 1 clean ups. 
  • Project Linus where the club made blankets for abused kids.
  • The Pulsera Project in which the club sold Pulsera bracelets made in Central America to students to earn $1,000 for investment in other projects and support low income people in Central America. 
  • The Interact club joined with the National Honor Society to provide a Stop Hunger Now project to pack thousands of for Middle Eastern families impacted by war. This event has already been funded for a repeat performance next year. 
  • With Operation Gratitude the club made para-cord bracelets for veterans and first responders. The bracelets are a way to thank these people for their valuable service to all of us. This project was how the club celebrated Global Youth Service Day. 
  • After learning about Alex's Lemonade Stand from attending RYLA this year, the club will be operating a lemonade stand at school on May 1 and June 2 to raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand. This project is already off to a great start with a $200 contribution from Happy Dollars. 
  • Since merging with the Tick Tock Early Learning Center Club, Interact students have been going to Tick Tock Friday afternoons to work with the students there on science experiments, and being pen pals with the students. 
In addition to these projects the club participated in several fundraising activities - providing the coat check service for the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce dinner at Longwood Gardens. They supported our Gala with the same service plus taking pictures of the participants as they entered the Conservatory. 

All of this has been done throughout the year with 20 regularly participating students and the support of an additional 30 students who participated less frequently.