High School Interact Clubs Kick Off School Year with Record Attendance
Attendance at the first Interact Club meeting of the year was standing-room-only as students filled the seats and aisles of Mendon High School’s Large Group Instruction room to learn about and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Chartered by Rotary International, the Interact Clubs of Mendon and Sutherland high schools provide opportunities for community service, leadership development, friendship and fun. The Interact Clubs are organized by a group of student leaders in partnership with Rotary Club volunteer Pat Mallory who has offered his leadership to PCSD students since 2002.
“Interact Club members have caring hearts and helping hands. They’re always willing to help others in need and are living examples of Rotary’s motto, ‘service above self,’” said Superintendent Pero.
The club goals are to have 100 active members at each school who complete a combined total of 1,500 service hours during the school year. Over the past 20 years, approximately 2,000 Pittsford high school students have shared in the Interact experience, logging more than 22,000 combined hours of community service.
Some of the club’s upcoming volunteer opportunities include a monthly Rotary Club food drive on October 1, the “Empowering People’s Independence” mile-walk fundraiser, an October 2 Honor Flight welcome home event for 62 Veterans, and the October 9 Erie Canal Fall Sweep. Through these activities and many more service-related initiatives and events, Pittsford’s Interact Clubs make a difference in our communities. One of the most notable partnerships has been with the Special Olympics. Students have worked as event volunteers for athletic competitions and participated in the Special Olympics “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge fundraiser which has raised more than $20,000 for Special Olympics over the past several years.
Interact Club students have demonstrated their commitment to inclusivity through involvement with the Pittsford Panthers’ Unified Basketball and Bowling teams and the lead role they have taken in offering support and creating visibility for these teams.