High school club collects for food bank

HIGHLAND INTERACT CLUB members are collecting for the Comox Valley Food Bank.

Members of the Highland Interact Club have been busy this year helping those in the Comox Valley, as well as in communities around the world.

The club consists of over 30 students with Faith Buckley as president, and Beverly Jolley and Kaya Leslie as vice-presidents.

This year’s international focus is to raise money for Free the Children’s Clean Water Initiative in Africa. To date, students have fundraised by selling Booster Juice and hosting bake sales.  Students are planning additional fundraising activities throughout the year such as an advisory group penny drive.

“We are very excited about this year’s big project and really want to make a positive impact on communities in Africa,” commented Buckley.

Interact members have also volunteered at various charities in the community such as Rotary’s Sock It to Polio and the Child Haven Dinner. Many of the students will be helping out with the Fiesta Craft Fair at the Filberg Centre on Nov. 17 and 18.

In terms of the local community, the Interact club collected 300 cans for the Comox Valley food bank as part of Free the Children’s We Scare Hunger campaign.

Students were surprised to learn about the growing number of families in the Comox Valley that rely on the local food bank for daily meals, and they wanted to help. One of the students, Sarah Stewart Grantham, was so affected that she went door-to-door on Halloween night, collecting almost 50 cans for the cause.

“I know the food bank is a very effective and reliable source, and giving back to the community has always been important to me,” explained Sarah.

It has been a very rewarding start to the year for the Interact club.  If you have any questions or would like to make a donation to this year’s project, contact Tami Jerome at 250-339-5525 or tjerome@sd71.bc.ca.

— Highland Interact Club

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