The Keira High School Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wollongong 60 years ago, has been extremely busy this school year.
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 voluntarily join the club, meet fortnightly during their lunch break to discuss their options and plan their projects and events for the school year.
The students are supported by their school co-ordinator/teacher Jessica Kirton and Rotary Youth Director Debbie Petreski.
Already in 2017, The Interactors have conducted an amazing array of projects.
A Crazy Sock Day was held on March 25, where the whole school joined in the event as part of Harmony Week.
They raised more than $800, which was donated to the Start Out mentoring program on diversity for youth.
Students wore socks, painted nails rainbow and bought rainbow snakes.
Monsters Inc, a movie night was held on June 16 with 95 people attending.
Rotarians provided a barbecue and the students refreshments, raising $1080 for SCARF refugee projects to assist with settling and assimilating into the local area.
These projects include support for shopping in supermarkets; learning to drive; homework; computer lessons; the use of household appliances to name a few.
Other activities included MUNA – Model United Nations Assembly, featured in this column in May; and the Rotary Youth Enrichment program – RYPEN, for 14-16-year-olds, which was held on the weekend of July 28-30. Students attended a 2-day personal development and leadership program at Deer Park at the base of the National Park.
On August 8 in the school assembly, 20 students took the Interact Oath of Service and were presented with their Interact pins by PP Leigh Robinson and Debbie Petreski.
On August 22, 18 students, Jessica Kirton and Deb Petreski attended the District Interact Conference at UTS – University of Technology Sydney - where they participated in an action-packed program, met with students from other Interact Clubs, participated in developing a project; and listened as two Rotaract members (18-30yrs) sharing their Rotary journey about how Rotaract has helped them in their career and personal life.
They emphasised that they started with Rotaract and wished they could have been involved earlier through Interact. The range of Youth programs provided by the District were presented.
The highlight for the Keira High School Interactors was the activity “Showcase Your Club” where each club was challenged to share the range of projects and programs they organise and conduct. Keira Interactors were voted as the most outstanding, plus raised the most money, over $3000, during the last 12 months through their fund-raising activities.
For more information about Interact and Rotary contact Dot Hennessy, President of the RC of Wollongong on 0412 120 314.