Posted by lbs on May 17, 2018
Our special guests this week were Olivia Hepke, Allie Ontenda, and Amy Albert, Interact participants from Rolling Meadows High School along with their advisors Linda Thorson and Eileen Herbster.  Olivia, Allie, and Amy  presented a brief overview of everything that they have done this year to provide service, and raise funds for their “signature project” scholarships for girls at Ak’Tenamit.  They started the year with a purple pinkie fundraiser for polio and they never stopped.  They packed Thanksgiving food boxes with our club, and then assisted at the Santa Run.
 
In order to promote positivity, they painted rocks with positive messages, which they subsequently hid around the school.The campaign was promoted through social medial, and the entire school participated.They also held drives for school supplies and medical supplies that were sent down to Ak’Tenamit, but their big goal was to raise funds to send as many girls to school in Guatemala as possible.Through senior taco night, sales of t-shirts, Guatemalan hot chocolate, worry dolls and bracelets,plus funds raised from students to see teachers dressed as hot peppers, they were able to raise $ 2000.An amount that was matched at the meeting by our Club.
Here is one of the  "Don't Worry Girls- We've Got  Your Back" t-shirts sold to raise money for Ak'Tenamit scholarships.
 
Two of the student presenters were seniors who spoke enthusiastically of the value of Interact in their overall high school experience.The third student was a freshman, who had attended RYLA.She had a great experience and learned a lot about herself and leadership and is looking forward to participating in Interact through her next three years.