Student club a model for compassionate citizenship


Main photo: Members of Huntsville High School’s Interact Club (back row from left) Lucy Farcik, Kelsey Lang, Samm Campbell, Mary McKay, Natalie Arnott, Jessica Phillips, Grace Christensen, David Johnson, Max Hill; (front row from left) Emily McDougall, Kira Valentine, Rebecca Vestergaard, Ginny Bjorkquist, Chantel Musselman, Elora Weiler, Nicola DeRoode, Alora Hunnighan

Compassionate communities aren’t just the domain of adults. Students often are equally as eager – sometimes more so – to help people both in their own communities and beyond.

At Huntsville High School, the Interact Club gets involved with the larger community through volunteer work and fundraising in support of a cause.

“We meet once a week to plan events and fundraisers for a cause we’ve chosen to support,” said club president, Elora Weiler. “And we volunteer in the community. We helped Rotary with the Santa Claus Parade and sorted food bank donations to the Salvation Army.”

Recent club fundraisers included a bake sale at Halloween and a hot chocolate and apple cider stand with proceeds from both going to Syrian Refugee Sponsorship (SRS) Huntsville. Weiler estimates they’ve raised about $300 so far this year.

The Interact Club is planning a cookie sale to purchase Christmas presents for children in need, and they have plans for a community fundraiser in February. “We are planning a big dinner with Me to We, the Youth Council, and SPAR (the student parliament) that will have a penny auction, a silent auction, and a live auction with all of the money being donated to SRS Huntsville. We’ll be looking for donations from local businesses for the auctions,” said Weiler. “We’re still planning, but it will be open to the entire community.” The dinner will be at the high school and the group is hoping to serve a Syrian-inspired meal cooked by the school’s culinary department and they hope to have live music performed by students.

The Interact Club is open to students in all grades, although most are in grades 11 and 12, and the club receives support from the Rotary Club of Huntsville.

“More people are getting involved and anyone can join. And if anyone in the community would like us to help with an event, they just need to contact us.” The teacher contact for the Interact Club is Pauline Webb [email protected]

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  1. Judith munroe
    This is a fabulous initiative by the HHS students. Wishing you lots of success and satisfaction in your endeavors to help others.

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