5th Annual "Take A Whack For Interact" Event A Success
Plainville High School's fifth annual "Take A Whack For Interact" event, held during the Homecoming Weekend Football Game in October, was a huge success thanks to the efforts and generosity of many. The event, which typically occurs at either the annual Thanksgiving Day or Homecoming football game, is organized and hosted each year by the high school's Interact Club, (the high school level of Rotary International) a service based club involved in numerous fundraising events for charity. The group, including club advisor and high school faculty member Judy Hahn, also hosts events for children and senior citizens, including the annual Senior Citizen Prom.
In preparation for the "Take A Whack" event each year, New England Auto Sales of Plainville has donated a safety prepped, used car, which is towed to the high school's back parking lot in proximity to the football field. The Interact Club charges game attendees to hit the car with a sledge hammer. The cars are spray painted by the club members and advisors with words that represent things that Interact hopes to combat and "smash" through charitable efforts. Words include "hatred, oppression, hunger, poverty, cancer, thirst, polio, disease, etc." Each year the club members vote to determine where the proceeds of the event will go. In past years, donations have been made to "Make a Wish," the Connecticut Children's Medical Center Pediatric Cancer Research Center in honor of a club member's brother who was battling cancer and has beaten it, and Shelter Box â€" an organization that provides a self-contained survival box that is tracked and used around the world. This yearâ€™s recipient has not yet been determined.
"I am very proud of the work our club has done at the benefit of so many through this event and others. I am thankful to Brad and the group at New England Auto Sales in Plainville for their repeated acts of generosity and kindness in preparing, donating and delivering (then picking up) a vehicle. This year, special thanks to Milo's Auto and Mark Milo for coordinating the donation of the vehicle with his neighboring business, New England Auto Sales. Our Interact Club is something we are very proud of, and I am grateful for Judy Hahn's leadership to this group of students. Having served as the initial advisor then co-advisor to Interact over the last six years, I am proud to now serve as the Rotary Liaison to Interact as we work together on initiatives such as the Out of the Cold Soup Kitchen and other expanding partnerships. Interact's Motto of "Service Above Selfâ€ť is a message all students should experience in high school," said Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Steven LePage.
-Posted on November 23, 2016 at 01:02 PM
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