Members of the Rotary Club of Sealy (Texas, US – D 5890) and its high school division – Interact Club – spent five hours Sunday collecting books to be sent to underprivileged countries and selling baked goods as a fundraiser for the youth club.
Proceeds from the cupcakes and cookies went toward Interact Club, which does service projects throughout the community, including emptying the aluminum recycling bin at The Sealy News when it gets full.
Led by faculty adviser Melissa Simms, Interact Club is a youth version of Rotary club, an international service organisation built on “the Four-Way Test”: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
“This sets the foundation for good choices and success later in life which is beneficial to the kids and society as a whole,” Simms told The Sealy News in a January interview.
At Sunday’s event, Interact students Dylan Bunn and Robert Avilez collected books for an organisation called Books for the World, which ships the new and used literature to underprivileged countries.
“With the emphasis on literacy in Rotary, our Rotary Books for the World project is an easy and natural service project for clubs to adopt around the world,” according to the organisation’s website.
More than six million books have been distributed from Rotary clubs across the US and South Africa since Rotary began its book drives in 2001.
Ninth grader Avilez, who was joined by his mom Kim, a new Rotary member, at Sunday’s event, said he likes being part of the Interact Club.
“I wanted to help the community,” he said. “I heard they do really good things for the community.”
Dylan Bunn, whose mom Cortni Breman joined him at the book drive and bake sale, echoed the sentiment.
Of all the clubs at Sealy High School “I chose Interact because everyone in it is nice,” Bunn said.
By the day’s end the volunteers had collected 74 books and raised $16 from the bake sale which will be used to purchase a wreath for Wreaths Across America, which honours veterans, Breman said.
Source: Sealy News