Interact Club at Jefferson High School

Jefferson High School's Interact Club was founded in May 2017 with assistance from the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. Interact clubs are Rotary-inspired service organizations for students ages 12-18. Members share in Rotary's commitment to "Service Above Self" by engaging in community service projects.

In that spirit, the interact Club wasted no time in organizing their first community service project during the summer break.  The Interact Club in partnership with Hank Walter's Whale of a Wash in Shepherdstown washed over 100 cars.  The event was a huge success due to community support and dirty cars!




Students from the Interact Club at Jefferson County's Jefferson High School have donated $1,700 to help the town of Richwood, WV, rebuild from the floods that devastated several counties in the state last June 23. Richwood, in Nicholas County, was among the communities hit hardest by the flooding, with both its middle and high schools destroyed.

The Jefferson Interact students raised the funds for their donation through a car wash they held on August 20 in Shepherdstown.

The accompanying photo shows the students gathered for a ceremony at the High School in early October, where the donation was presented to Joy Lewis, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's regional representative, for transmission to the town. At the far left of the photo are Margaret Tice, Lewis, and Angela Hill. Tice is a teacher at the school, and Hill is the school's Finance Secretary; together they serve as advisors and mentors to the Interact Club. At the far left is Terrance Anderson, a Shepherdstown Rotary Club member, who is also an advisor and mentor.



Five Jefferson High School students traveled to Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, June 12-15 to attend a four-day Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program.

The students are shown in the accompanying photo, taken at the College. They are, from left to right, Christian Anderson, Emily Anders, Jordan Dixon-Gross, Cara Anderson, and Terrance Anderson.


They are all members of the High School's new Interact Club, which was founded this spring with assistance from the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown.

Interact clubs are Rotary-inspired service organizations for students ages 12-18. Members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world.

RYLA programs are intensive leadership development programs for high school sophomores and juniors, coordinated by Rotary. They include presentations, workshops, planning exercises, and other activities that focus on such matters as leadership fundamentals and ethics, communications skills, citizenship, and problem solving and conflict management.

Participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs, which pay their expenses.

The RYLA program the JHS students attended is organized annually by Rotary District 7360 for youngsters in Central Pennsylvania, Western Maryland and Northeastern West Virginia.



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