Janice Allen, Rotary Club president, presents a bell and gavel to new Interact Club officers while Rotarian Steve Davies, club liaison to Interact, looks on.
The Interact Club at North Plainfield High School was established in 1998 by the Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield. During President Janice Allen's term, in cooperation with the Board of Education, our Club determined that there was a need for a youth service club at the high school. The school formerly offered a Key Club (through Kiwanis International,) but after the local Kiwanis Club folded there was no sponsoring club available. Rotary stepped in and the Interact Club was formed.
Interact is a service club, like Rotary, and its membership is open to students at North Plainfield High School. In its formative years, Amy Six was the club's adviser. Amy is a choral music teacher at the high school, and helped get the club organized and established as a destination for students interested in service.
The club's current advisor is Alexandra Pereira, a Spanish language teacher. Alex has led the club since 2008-09 and has generated even more enthusiasm for Interact and its many service projects.
Interact Club members have worked with the Rotary Club for years at the Rutgers Athletic Center, staffing concession stands to raise money for scholarships and other charitable works. They cook hot dogs, pretzels and popcorn, serve sodas and nachos and other goodies for the hungry fans. Their work has increased from eight games a year to over a dozen, increasing the scholarship awards at North Plainfield High School from $3,000 to $5,000 a year. These awards are now given exclusively to deserving Interact Club seniors who apply.
Every year, the Rotary Club honors and recognizes the achievements of students from North Plainfield High School who are members of the Interact Club.
The Club members are pleased to present Rotary Students of the Month Awards to the Interactors who best represent the Rotary ideal of "Service Above Self" each month.
Service in Interact takes several forms, from being an active and frequent participant in the club's activities, to being a leader within the club, to being a support for the Interact Club adviser.
An exceptional luncheon, courtesy of the Rotary Club, is held in the students' honor at Giovanna's Restaurant in Plainfield. The students introduce themselves and share their accomplishments, commitments and dedication to Interact, the high school, and the community.
The honorees are presented with framed certificates and are congratulated and commended on their exemplary dedication. The North Plainfield Superintendent of Schools, Interact advisor Alexandra Pereira, and other members of the Rotary Club support and congratulate the award recipients for their accomplishments.
The Rotary Club is very proud of all recipients of the Student of the Month Awards that have been and will be honored and are sure that their devotion to their community will continue to grow.