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Plainville High School's Interact Club Sponsors "Take A Whack For Interact"

The Plainville High School Interact Club added additional excitement to the annual Thanksgiving Day football game festivities this year by hosting a unique fundraiser entitled "Take a Whack for Interact" on behalf of juvenile cancer research. Members of the Interact Club, together with Advisor and Principal, Steven LePage, spray painted words that expressed problems in the world that the Interact Club hopes to combat on a used car prepped for safety and donated by New England Auto Sales, who also delivered and later picked up the wrecked vehicle after the event. The painted car was parked in the high school's rear parking lot during the Thanksgiving Day football game. For a $5 donation, game attendees had the opportunity to hit the car with a sledge hammer in a symbolic effort to stamp out world issues such as hunger, disease, apathy, hatred, prejudice, and poverty. The Interact Club collected nearly $700 during the event in support of juvenile cancer research.

The Interact Club at Plainville High School was formed at the end of the 2010-11 school year. President of the club is PHS junior Emma Carpenter, who brought the idea for the club to Principal LePage last year. "I really love helping other people," explained Carpenter. "The idea to start an Interact Club at Plainville High School came to me while I was volunteering at the Out of the Cold Soup Kitchen in New Britain. I met a few New Britain High School students who were part of an Interact Club and said it was a really great group. I did my research on the club and learned of all the great projects we could do and the organizations we could donate to. It sounded perfect to me. I presented my idea to Mr. LePage and he loved it!" LePage and Carpenter attended an informational session about the high school age Rotary Club group initiative, and began the process for forming the club at Plainville High School. Carpenter made a presentation to the local Rotary Club members, who endorsed the club idea for PHS. Robert Yudkin is the Plainville Rotary Club Liaison to the high school's Interact Club, and attends each meeting.

Since last year the Interact Club has grown to include 66 members and has been involved in a variety of charitable fundraising events including hosting a coat and can drive, raising money for the Plainville Community Food Pantry and selling inspirational bracelets at the annual balloon festival in Norton Park. According to Carpenter, Interact Club members have many more plans for the future, and hope to continue to make a positive impact on the community.

"Students like Emma and the many dedicated and caring members of Interact help to demonstrate the positive and selfless side of teenagers and the powerful things they can achieve," said LePage.

-Posted on January 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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