Governor Livingston’s Interact Club braved the rain to volunteer at the annual Mother’s day 5K race in Berkeley Heights. Club members held up pace signs, manned the water station and cheered on the runners. Gretchen Probst said, “I had a really great time volunteering at the Mother’s Day 5K, even in the rain, because we got to hand out water to all of the participants and cheer them on as they ran by. They were all so appreciative of us giving out water which made it even more fun and exciting.” This event marked the finish of another successful year for the club.
The club has had numerous accomplishments this year beginning with Berkeley Heights Clean-Up Day in September and made over 1,000 sandwiches to feed the hungry for the Market Mission in Morristown for Thanksgiving. Members sorted toys in December to aid with a local drive and helped at the Hillside Community Foodbank in February. In March, the members organized a book drive.
The club’s fundraising efforts were astonishing. The “boo gram” sales in October raised $150 for the Susan G Komen Foundation and $250 from the December bake sale were donated to the Mt Pleasant Animal Shelter. Throughout the month of December and January, Interact members sold chocolate bars in an effort to raise money. The club worked hard to sell enough candy to donate $2,000 to help. The African Parks Foundation. In addition, the club supports Homes for Hope with an annual donation that helps a child in Ecuador with school and medical expenses for the year and Operation Smile, an organization which provides surgeries to children with cleft conditions.
As one of the club’s officers, Colleen Granelli reflected, “ Since freshman year, I have been a member of Interact Club. I have bonded with other members over our common interest in helping people. As an officer I try to instill a sense community within the club so people will make new friends while finding their love of service just as I did freshman year. During my time I’ve met so many people and had so many new experiences that I wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been for Interact.”
Governor Livingston’s Interact Club has been a consistent recipient of the Rotary Presidential Citation for almost as long as the club has been in existence. Governor Livingston High School is extremely proud of the club’s volunteer efforts and its commitment to helping others.