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“Interacting” with the Community

ARIELLE BEAKE

STAFF WRITER

   With the daily whirlwind of school and activities, it can be difficult to find opportunities to make a difference in the community. Pinewood’s Interact Club provides members with endless volunteering options all around the Bay Area, allowing students to feel proud about what they put out into our society.

   The main point of volunteering can get lost in the rush to get community service hours and the idea of “extra work.” Interact Club combats this by coordinating fun and interesting events and having members work together as a unit at each event. By collaborating with friends, events become a great way to socialize and help out the community at the same time. Members get to know each other better and form new connections, strengthening the Pinewood community and beyond. The crucial skills of leadership, communication, and responsibility are built and developed through the students’ participation in
community service.

   Past events include volunteering at the Moonlight Run in Palo Alto, the Coastal Cleanup with the Marine Biology class, the Bridge to Bridge Run in San Francisco, and the Fall Leadership Conference. The FLC is a widely recognized annual event open to all Interact clubs in different areas of the district; Pinewood’s interact club is in Area 13 of District 5170. Most recently, Interact club ran its own booth at the
Pinewood Jamboree, which offered face paint, handmade friendship bracelets, and homemade trail mix.

   As the secretary of Interact Club, sophomore Carolina Rodriguez Steube is a veteran when it comes to helping others.

   “Being an officer this year has been fun so far, and taking on more responsibility has improved my leadership skills,” Rodriguez Steube said.

   Interact is looking forward to Jar Wars coming up in November, the December toy drive, and the January Week of Kindness taking place next semester. The club is also making an effort to organize a club bonding event for all members to take
part in.

   If you’re looking for an easy way to get involved, make a difference, and have some fun while you’re at it, contact Rodriguez Steube or Michele Isaac to get involved in Interact Club.

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