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Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.  They are Rotary-sponsored service clubs that give young people an opportunity to participate in fun and meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends. Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. 
 
 
At our meeting on May 26, 2022, the following three Kingston Interact clubs, mentored by the Rotary Club of Kingston, reported on their 2021-22 year of service.
 

4H Interact 

 
 
 4H Interact 

The club was involved in several activities in support of local community organizations:
They collected over 1000 items for Interval House.
They canvassed for Easter Seals and raised $2,500 to help send a child to camp.  
They participated in a community cleanup, gathering over 4 truckloads of garbage.
They collected a number of items in support of the Sandy Pines Animal Sanctuary.  
They organized a food drive in support of Grace Centre in Sydenham and collected over 600 pounds of food as well as over $1,000 in donations.
 

Leahurst Interact

 
Leahurst Academy Interact Club

Their Book Drive gathered 1591 books that were donated to elementary schools in Kingston.  
They raised over $1,200 for Breast Cancer as well as raising awareness of the issue.
Their Tampon Tuesday Campaign collected feminine hygiene items for donation to the United Way.
A fundraiser in support of Ukraine sold pins and magnets. Proceeds went to agencies working in the Ukraine.
They are currently planning activities for Pride month.
 

LaSalle Interact

LaSalle Intermediate and Secondary School Interact Club
 
They conducted a Grade 9 Orientation Day to welcome new students and build relationships.  
The Halloween for Hunger program organized collections for the food bank through a variety of fun events.   
They conducted a winter clothing drive to obtain hats and mitts for younger children. They also prepared Christmas gifts for the Fairmount Retirement Home.
Warm And Cozy Wednesdays include a bake sale and hot chocolate event to help support the mental health of students. Valentine’s Day combined Hershey’s Kisses with a Warm and Cozy Wednesday.  Additional support for student Mental Health was provided through posters, locker notes, and Insta Posts. 
The sale of Birch Bark Coffee raised funds for the Indigenous Clean Water initiative.  
They organized a Pancake breakfast to raise funds for a family who had lost their home in a fire.
Several social justice issues were also addressed. These initiatives included Islamic History Month, Orange Shirt Day, Anti-bullying, Anti-racism and Black History Month.
They are currently engaged in raising funds to support Ukraine.
 
 
 
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