PIQUA — The Piqua High School Interact Club is continuing to give back to the community after recently collecting canned goods and holding a toy drive.
“We did a canned food drive in November,” April Grove, math teacher and Interact Club’s adviser, said, explaining that the donations went to the Bethany Center. “We did a another toy drive for December.”
The toy drive was part of a homeroom competition, and the toys went to the Salvation Army.
The Interact Club is an organization affiliated with the Rotary Club in Piqua with the goal of helping students at Piqua High School become oriented toward service.
“It’s a service organization,” Grove said. “It’s to help the students find ways to give back to the community.”
When asked how the group impacts students, Grove said, “I hope that they would say that it makes them feel good that they’re doing something good to help others.”
There are approximately 30 students involved who take part at different times. Grove has been the adviser for three years now.
“It’s been a good experience for me, as well being able to help them to provide community service,” Grove said.
The hope behind the club is also that it will potentially make charity a habit for students after they leave. Grove hopes that Interact Club will encourage the students to be mindful of the community after they graduate.
The Interact Club also sponsors two blood drives, aiding the community blood center during the annual Piqua vs. Troy blood drive. Grove also takes two of the club members to a Rotary Club luncheon once a month to help introduce the students to the adult version of the group and show them what the Rotary Club is like.
“It’s been a good experience,” Grove said.
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