Editors Note: Amaiana Sajjad is a senor at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto North Plainfield.) 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Throughout the year, members of North Plainfield High School’s (NPHS) Interact Club hold various fundraisers and take part in activities and events for the betterment of the community. Most recently, the school- and youth-based service club sponsored by Rotary International raised $600 through their annual Valentine's Day Cupcake Fundraiser.

Through the fundraiser, members of Interact accept orders of homemade cupcakes from their fellow students and teachers. In the days leading up to Feb. 14, Club Advisor and NPHS Spanish teacher Alexandra Pereira, along with Interact Club Vice President Fiona Chen, a sophomore, and Chen’s brother Gordon, a freshman, bake, frost and decorate vanilla, chocolate and strawberry cupcakes.

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Each cupcake is then placed in a decorative box and delivered to recipients during homeroom period on Valentine’s Day. Additionally, each cupcake comes with a personal message written on heart-shaped origami cards that were handmade this year by freshman Camille Paduganao and sophomore Mavae Guevara.

The club typically sells about 200 cupcakes a year. This year, however, an additional 100 were sold. Through the sale of 300 cupcakes, the NPHS Interact Club raised $600, which will be donated to Rotary’s Pennies for Patients, a foundation dedicated to helping kids fight leukemia and lymphoma.

“This club allows everyone to work together to make a difference in the community; either it be by donating money to a cancer institutes, or donating canned food to a food bank, we just love working together to make that difference in people's lives,” said Pereira.

Throughout the school year, the club’s co-presidents Yanqing Liang and Nikita Forester, along with Chen and seniors Michelle Rodriguez, the club’s secretary, and Brenden Chung, treasurer, work alongside Pereira to ensure that the Interact Club remains as involved as possible in North Plainfield and the surrounding communities.

“The goal of the club is to encourage involvement in service activities and to give students a place where they can grow together,” said Liang, a member of the club for the past four years, adding, “One thing I really love is that, each year, there are always new faces who are excited to participate.”

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