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Fitch Interact enters 25th year of service

September 18, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Interact Club at Fitch High School is celebrating its 25th year of service to the school and community. he Club, sponsored by the Austintown Rotary is the oldest in the area, according to Rotarian Gary Reel.

"We were the first Interact club in the Valley, formed in 1995," Reel said. "I was the advisor then, and upon retirement in 1999, trusted the club to various faculty members with my help."

Reel still keeps involved, serving as a volunteer liaison to the Rotary Club. He keeps the Interact students connected to Rotary and the club activities they can help with. He shares the position of advisor with Tina Kubacki.

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Chosen as the Fitch Interact Club's first semester officers are Ellie Layton - treasurer, Ashleigh Warmouth - President, KiKi Kollar -secretary, and Julia Brooks - Vice President. They will help lead the club into its 25th year of service.

One of the Interact's biggest activities is a recycling project held at Fitch. The project involves teams of students, who each week empties classroom recycling bins and place the contents in large recycling dumpsters.

"Tons of paper are saved from the landfill by this effort, which has been going at Fitch for past 15 years in cooperation with the Green Team," Reel said.

While the recycling effort takes time and has been a proven success, it represents only one of many programs the students take part in each year. Already planned for the first semester this school year are a food drive, serving at the Rescue Mission, making up Halloween bags, and roadside cleanup on Kirk Road. hey also volunteer to ring the Salvation Army bell at Christmas.

"We do one or two giant food drives each year for Second Harvest Food Bank, usually the largest in their service area," Reel said. "Students also prepare treat bags for Rescue Mission, Hope House, and Salvation Army each Halloween."

After the students graduate, they can continue to serve the community by getting involved in a college Rotaract Club, which is the college version of the high school Interact Club.

Fitch's Interact Club is open to all students. Officers are appointed by advisor Kubacki based on their interest and availability, rather than popularity shown in student elections. The next meeting will be Sept. 23.



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