Gardner Interact Club


A Brief History

Formed by RI Board approval in 1962, Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.  Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.  Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of
  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.  For more information about Interact in your area, contact your local Rotary club or Read theInteract Handbook and the Interact Brochure .  Complete Interact info may be found at the RI webpage. 

The Gardner High School Interact Club

In 2009 interest spread in creating an Interact club for Gardner High School.  Peter Sargent, member of the Gardner Rotary club worked to garner interest and provide oversight to the fledgling group of dynamic, self-motivated students.  His children, Adelaide and Peter, Jr. joined in on the opportunity.  The first year for the club was a successful, highly active one.  Past projects included assisting Rotary with the PolioPlus Purple Pinky fundraiser, dictionary labeling for elementary students at Elm Street and Helen Mae Sauter schools, volunteering for the Gardner Visiting Nurses Association, and assisting with the Rotary Auction.

On August 26, 2010 the charter members of the Gardner High School Interact Club celebrated with their sponsor Rotary club of Gardner and District Governor Michael Ellis. 

In addition to helping with the Unicef Fundraiser at Halloween and other community projects the Gardner HS Interact club successfully completed a toy drive for Boston's Children's Hospital.  The campaign exceeded all goals garnering a total of 800+ toys and $800.00USD in additional funds.  Toys and funds have been distributed at both Children's Hospital and Heywood Hospital in Gardner. Gardner Interact is in discussions to create a community sustainable agriculture project and is still contemplating creating a micro-loan entity in Haiti, a collaborative effort in partnership with Forward in Health.

Interact is available to all Gardner High School students and Gardner Middle school students age 14 interested in helping their community through various service projects that benefit people at the local, national and international level.