Interact members helped out at Sylvia's Place, a domestic violence shelter, by brightening up the rooms and sorting toys and books!
Last March, we launched our crowdsource fundraiser through YouCaring with the goal of raising $25,000. With the generous support of Rotary and the community, we raised the funds by June. The school was constructed by August and class is now in session, teaching twice as many kids as before. The Maranatha Mission partnered with the Dominican Ministry of Education. In addition to providing an education for these students, the school also served as a shelter during Hurricane Irma which hit the Dominican Republic.
Over the summer, the Interact Club went on two trips to a migrant camp in West Olive, Michigan (45 Minutes north of Saugatuck). The students met the children that live in the camp after they returned from either school or from picking blueberries in the fields. The children got blankets and picked out a book from a pile to read with the Interact students. The Interact students read to the children in English and in Spanish. After an hour of reading, the children played games with the students. The kids showed them fun games with blown up balloons, a soccer ball, and other running games. After hours of fun, it was time for the Interact Students to leave the migrant camp and head back to Saugatuck. The students learned a lot about the conditions that these traveling pickers have to face and what that means for their children's education. "By seeing these hardships faced by these children, I am beginning to understand the greater issues faced by those who live in these camps," said junior Kit. The club wants to visit the camp next summer, as well.
On Friday, the Interact Club put on a fundraiser where students could wear a hat or a bandanna for $1. The fundraiser was very successful, and the club made$325.91. The success of the fundraiser came from lots of support from Saugatuck's class of 2016. Some of the class of 2016, along with a few Interact members, helped collect donations around the school the morning that the fundraiser took place. Students in the middle and high school participated in this fundraiser. The week previous, Co-President Joey Cappelletti, created a promotional video that was shown in all the classes that informed students and teachers that our funds were going to build a school in Batey 106. A lot of students were willing to donate because they had a better idea on where the funds were going and believed in the cause.
During the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school year, the Saugatuck Interact Club created a fundraiser called Smoothie Thursdays. With grant money that they received in the 2012-2013 school year, the Interact Club was able to purchase two Ninja blenders. The idea of the fund raiser was to create all natural smoothies every Thursday, and sell them after school for two dollars to students. The club received fruit donations from Birds Eye Fruit and Krupka's in Fennville, Michigan and supply donations from DeMond's Supervalu in Douglas, Michigan. Every Thursday, a few Interact Club members would be dismissed from their last hour class to help set up, make and sell smoothies. The smoothies were made and sold in the concession stand in the school and there was a little cart that went around the school that sold them, too. The students at Saugatuck High School loved the smoothies the Interact Club made. Overall, the fundraiser was very successful.
On Saturday May 16th, 14 students from Saugatuck High School came together to paint 10 cans that will be put on Oval Beach and around the City of Saugatuck this summer. The cans promote throwing trash away rather than littering the landscape. Liz Engle, a local community member, presented the project to the Interact Club earlier this year. Engle liked the idea of the project because it supported beach clean up. From there, the idea of brightly colored trash cans was born. The Interact Club was given a variety of bold, colorful paint to decorate the metal trash barrels. The cans were then covered with fun designs and phrases that promoted throwing trash in the cans, rather than tossed onto the landscape. The cans were picked up last week, and they will make their debut within the next few weeks.