Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 20, 2022
Our special program this past week was our Lake Stevens High School "Interact Club" with a presentation by Noah Fontenot, the Interact Club President who was joined by Lauren Ruble, Secretary, Piper Finley and their Advisor Kristin Odegaard. Over 800 total Service Hours as a Club this year!!!  Last year, they received the PACER Together Against Bullying Award 2021, Most Participation in School's Club Fair Booth, local recognition, and Club attendance is rising. Club attendance is an average of 30-40 students each week.
 
Visiting Ashley Point is one of their monthly projects. Painting rocks and Street Cleaning are some of the other project the Club does as well as helping clean up the gardens around the school. Interact adopted the road in front of the High School- 113th Av NE from 28th St NE to Hwy 92.  Broad experience for each of our members.  The residents at Ashley Pointe are happy to see the Interact Club members visiting them.
 
March Madness was a Club affair with 175 high students visiting the booth to ask about the Interact Club. Lauren made cupcakes to be given away at March Madness. Piper talked about the Green Bag Food Project in partnership with Snohomish County Rotaract. Donations go to the Lake Stevens Food Bank.  So far in two weeks, the Interact Club has five plus full bags of food.
 
Things that they want to do in the future include an April Run, Walk, and Roll with Pacer and the plans are already in motion. Another is school beautification such as painting rocks and placing them around the school for anyone to pick up, continuing to go to Ashley Pointe, Club T-shirts, and a park bench.
 
Wow, what an amazing group of young men and women dedicated to serving the community through their high school experience.  This is "what" Interact is all about. Service to the Community. And I was told Noah, Lauren and Piper's presentation was heard throughout high school. Way COOL!
 
On Thursday, March 17th, there were 51 students at the Interact Meeting. What a special treat for Kevin and Gary. These young men and women were so attentive during our brief presentation about Rotary and our relationship with our Interact Club. Kevin, Lauren Ruble and Advisor Kristin Odegaard showed their Irish Jig skills. Kevin told the students that his grandparents were from Ireland and every St. Patrick's Day growing up, he and his sister would do the Irish Jig and that celebration continues with his family each year. So much fun.