Welcome to the Frontenac INTERACT CLUB
We are a bunch of students who want to help out and make a difference in the world. We have over 25 active and motivated club members, and we are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kingston; their motto, and ours, is “Service Above Self”. We meet every Tuesday at lunch in Room 222 or ask Mr. Stride anytime. Everyone is welcome – please come to share your ideas and join the fun!
Each year, we plan and complete several projects for our community– both local and global. We are often amazed when we look back and see what we can accomplish when we put our heads and hands and hearts together. We can indeed make a difference!
Here are some of our project highlights from the past four years:
- Collected over 19,000 used books to raise funds to help sink a well for fresh water for our sister school in Uganda.
- Sold cookies and raised funds in December 2009 to help buy solar panels for a secondary school in Tanzania; this school did not have electricity … or doors or windows or desks, and very few books
- Sold bracelets hand-made by Ugandan women and raised over $2,000 for tuition and school supplies for Ugandan children
- Collected small toys and hygiene items for care packages that were sent to orphanages in Guatemala
- Collect used cell phones and chargers for recycling; the biology classes take them to the recycling program at the Metro Toronto Zoo Lowland Gorilla Pavilion. The gorillas in the Congo are displaced and killed when their habitat is mined for tantalum, a mineral used in cell phones
- Participated in an International Exchange to Italy (2011), Turkey (2013) and Switzerland (2014
- Participated in Rotary Club sponsored humanitarian mission to El Salvador (2010 and (2011)
- Worked jointly with FSS Family Studies (2012) to sew dresses from pillow cases for relief care to Hait
- In response to the 2012 disaster in the Philippines, raised over $1,200 in a week to support relief efforts. The simple program was called Pennies for the Philippines.
- In 2013 and 2014, raised funds ($2,000) by selling cards, baked goods and decorations for Me-to-We Brick-by-Brick campaign.
- Participated in the WE-Day celebrations (2013, 2014)
- Painted fingers and raised funds ($200) to support Purple Pinkie events (2014, 2015) to eradicate polio
- Volunteered as computer tutors for seniors in at Conservatory Pond Retirement residence – teaching our ‘students’ e-mail, web search and digital games
- In 2006 and 2007, ran Solar Boat Races for elementary students from Module de l’Acadie, conducted workshops for the students to build and race solar boats at Lakeshore Community outdoor pool
- Ran a poster contest board-wide for elementary students (Grade 1–8) to promote Renewable Energies and the Environment
- Joined Habitat for Humanity crew at a local house construction project where we learned some great skills
- Implemented in-school fundraising including Vow of Silence and 30ish hour famine to support local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and Second Chance Daycare
- Involved in community projects including decorating senior homes, collecting used sports equipment, clothing and toys, knitting scarves and hats for less fortunate
- Attended local conferences such as the Poverty Conferenc
- Organized a mini-conference with the Bayridge SS and Napanee DSS Interact Clubs to share ideas and promote collaboration. This First Annual ‘March Forth with Interact’ Conference took place at FSS on March 4th, of course.
- In 2013 and 2014, supported the local Rotary Club in its Annual Rotary Park Cleanup event. It could be raining, snowing or blowing, but Interact helps pick up trash from the park.
- Sponsored awareness presentations regarding child soldiers (Invisible Children (2009)), LGBQT+ (Get Real (2015)) and mental health awareness (Delina MacDonald (2015)) for FSS students
- Washed cars at the now Annual Interact Car Wash (2014, 2015) event to raise funds (about $500) for local women's shelters. In 2015, presented $1,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston
- Held Silent Auction at FSS Parent/Guardian/Student-Teacher Night (2013, 2014, 2015) to raise funds to support local initiatives for students.
- Erected a Mitten Tree in the month of December (2014, 2015) to collect mittens, scraves and other winter clothing for kids in need in Kingston
- Participated as a team in the 2014 Run for the Cure fund-raising run and 2014 Ride for Life cycling event
- Supported efforts to collect clothes and other goods for people arriving from Syria (2015) and participated in Formal Welcoming Event at Kingston City Hall (2015)
Interact 2016 Club Members (to be completed)
- Abby Ross (Club Leader)