2010-12-02 / Local & State

S. Fulton Club Takes Part In International Christmas Project

Fills 30 shoeboxes for needy children
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Southern Fulton Interact Club members, left to right, Whitney Ritz, Lily Wolford and Olivia Rose put small gifts in shoeboxes that will be sent to needy children around the world. Southern Fulton Interact Club members, left to right, Whitney Ritz, Lily Wolford and Olivia Rose put small gifts in shoeboxes that will be sent to needy children around the world. The Hancock Rotary Club has been working to establish Interact clubs, Rotary International’s service club for young people, at Southern Fulton High School and Hancock Middle Senior High School.

Interact clubs help develop leadership skills and personal integrity in young people; inspire values such as individual responsibility, hard work, and respect for others; encourage a greater understanding of the international community; and foster a personal sense of goodwill and helpfulness to both local and international communities. Interact clubs complete at least two service projects each year, with at least one of those projects focusing on the international community.

The Southern Fulton Interact Club has already completed its first international project. Club members participated in Operation Christmas Child through the international relief group Samaritan’s Purse. The students organized a drive for donations as a contest among homerooms at the school. Students competed by bringing in small gifts or personal hygiene items to include in “shoebox gifts,” which are sent to needy children around the world. The classroom with the most donations won a pizza party to be sponsored by the Hancock Rotary Club.

The generous response of the students and the teachers was overwhelming. They collected and wrapped more than 30 shoeboxes full of gifts and other much-needed items and had fun doing it.

Students involved in Interact at Southern Fulton High School include Alyssa O’Neal, Hannah Williams, Bailey Elbin, Erin Deneen, Marley Elbin, Lily Wolford, Courtney Strait, Kayla Snyder, Olivia Rose, Jenna Hollenshead, Whitney Ritz, Amber Bageant, and Macey Hollenshead, along with staff advisor Ms. Kauffman.

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