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 50 club members and are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kingston; their motto, and ours, is: “Service Above Self”. We meet every Wednesday at lunch in Room 220 – 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:
We collected over 19,000 used books to raise funds to help sink a well for fresh water for our sister school in Uganda.
We sold Christmas cookies and raised funds 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.
Kristin and Lesley sold bracelets hand-made by Ugandan women and raised over $2,000 for tuition and school supplies for Ugandan children.
We collected small toys and hygiene items for care packages that were sent to orphanages in Guatemala at Christmas.
We continue to 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.
In 2009, Caitlyn was selected and sponsored by Rotary Club for an International Exchange to Italy. In 2013, Shannon Stride was our Frontenac and Canadian ambassador in Turkey for one year. In 2014, Laura Koch was on a short term (one month) exchange in Switzerland.
In ’09 and ’10, Kristin, Lesley, Emily, Jessica and Mr. Stride went to El Salvador on a Rotary-sponsored project to help in orphanages and hospitals. We fundraised to buy medical kits and other supplies for these trips. This has been a “life altering” experience for these Interactors, and we will continue to work together to support this rewarding project.
In 2012, club members joined with FSS Family Studies to sew dresses from pillow cases for relief care to Haiti
In response to the disaster in the Philippines, Interact raised over $1,200 in a week to support relief efforts. The simple program was called Pennies for the Philippines.
In 2013, the entire club was part of our Brick-by-Brick fundraising campaign. A $20 donation bought one brick for a school to be constructed in Uganda. In return, the contributor received a X-mas card to be given to someone noting money had been donated in their name for this social cause.
In Spring 2014, the club held a Silent Auction at the FSS Parent/Guardian/Student-Teacher Night. Items for auction were donated by many west-end businesses including the Pasta Shelf, Boston Pizza, Wendy's, Cogeco, Putt-N-Play and Tim Horton's.
In Spring 2014, 25 FSS Interact members traveled to Ottawa to participate in the WE-Day celebrations
We volunteered as computer tutors for seniors in at Conservatory Pond Retirement residence – teaching our ‘students’ e-mail, web search and digital games.
In ’06 and ’07, we ran Solar Boat Races for elementary students from Module de l’Acadie. We ran workshops for the students to build the solar boats, and raced them at Lakeshore Community outdoor pool.
We ran a poster contest board-wide for elementary students Grade 1 – Grade 8 – to promote Renewable Energies and the Environment.
Several of us joined the Habitat for Humanity crew at a local house construction project where we learned some great skills.
We do a lot of in-school fundraising including ‘Vow of Silence’, ‘30ish hour famine’, bake sales etc., proceeds going to local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Second Chance Daycare.
We do many other community projects including decorating senior homes, collecting used sports equipment, clothing and toys, knitting scarves and hats for the needy etc.
We attend and make presentations at many local conferences such as the Poverty Conference; we invited “Invisible Children” from California for several school presentations.
In 2010, we 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, club members have 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.
In Winter 2013, Interact set up a Mitten Tree at FSS. Over 20 pairs of mittens and winter hats were dontated to the local youth shelter.
In October 2014, Interactors participated in the annual Run for the Cure fund-raising run.