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Interact Club trying to make a difference

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mandy Thomlinson
A group of Northview High School students are trying to make a difference before graduation.

The Interact Club, a division of the Brazil Rotary is trying to raise money to build a fence at the Clay County Humane Society. The group has named themselves Students and Pets Outdoors Together (S.P.O.T.S.).

Being active in the Interact Club involves doing two community service projects an International project, Pennies for Pease and a local project that would benefit from the service.

Currently, the group volunteers at the shelter by playing with the pets, walking the dogs and helping to clean the cages. But project leader Mandy Thomlinson said they have a much higher goal.

"The dogs really need to be able to run," Thomlinson said. "This is something that we as a group saw they needed and wanted to help."

The majority of the 25 students are seniors preparing for graduation, but they would like to finish this project before they go. However, wanting to do something and being able to do it takes money. So Thomlinson and her fellow club members called upon the community for help and began going to local businesses.

"We've raised $290," she said. "Our goal is at least $1,000."

Thomlinson expressed gratitude to the business that have already contributed, including A+ Printing, Century 21, Furniture Mart, LOF Glass, Luxury Nail Salon, Mario Brothers, Paitson & Sons, Sam's Hardware, Technifab, Hoosier Homes & Land and Wallace Bros. Disposal, as well as personal donations. There are no donation increments, the students are only asking for people to give what they can.

"I am so appreciative of the businesses and people that have donated," she said. "I know a lot of places are reluctant to help because of the economy but I still hope they can."

Thomlison, like many of the other students in the club, is involved in many activities and she is getting ready for graduation.

"We really want to do this," she said. "We really want to finish it and not have it be held over."

The club has had six estimates done, which included labor, and to cut down on the cost they are hoping to have volunteers for the building and installation as well as donations of items.

"I hope that maybe other business or organizations within the community will want to help us," she said. "I know things are difficult right now but even a dollar would help."

To make a donation make checks payable to the Brazil Rotary Club with Interact Club in the memo. Donations maybe mailed to Interact Club, c/o Miranda Goodale at Northview High School, 3150 W. State Road 340, Brazil, Ind. 47834.

For more information call 448-2661 Ext. 1200.

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