Last year the Soldotna Rotary Club founded the second Rotary Interact Club on the Kenai Peninsula at Skyview High School. The Kenai Rotary Club chartered the first Interact Club several years earlier at Kenai Central High School. Interact is a community service organization for high school students based on the same principals of service as Rotary International. The officers of the Skyview Interact Club recently reported to the Soldotna Rotarians their goals for the coming year, "This year we want to get more people involved in our school and in our community, and to be able to get our projects done and get our name out there so people realize that there are students that want to do things for their community and their school and that we aren't just a bunch of hoodlums running around doing no good," said Ryan Staab, Skyview Interact President.
The Club chartered last year with about 65 students and this year Staab anticipates that the mem- . Continued on Page 3 bership will stabilize at between 30-40. One of last year's successful fundraisers for the group was a "pie in the teacher's face" event, which raised funds for the Club's local and international projects. This year the Interacters are planning a high school rock band concert featuring bands from all four local high schools.
Fred Chambers, founding father of Rotary on the Kenai Peninsula with new Interact president, Ryan Staab
"I think what we are doing through the Interact Club at Skyview is really important to our community, our world, and helping out people that are around us. So if anyone has any helpful hints or ideas, we'd be glad to hear from them," said Karisa Powers, the treasurer of the club.
Skyview Principal John Pothast is pretty proud of this group of students, "These are an awesome group of kids and I couldn't really ask for anything more than to be able to work with them," said Pothast. "What we do in the classroom everyday is academics, and that's important, but in the bigger scope of life it's what are we teaching kids about life in general and how to become good citizens and help others in our community to make it a better place, and that's what a club like this does," added Pothast.
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