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Interact volunteers

Juniors Shayla Taylor and Rachel Thomas cheer on participants at the Races for All Paces on May 11.

After a fresh start with a new sponsor, English teacher Kori Brimner, Interact Club has volunteered at several community events, coordinated their own events, and hosted many successful drives this school year.

The group volunteered several times at the LifeSpan Center, assisting with the Coles County Cop Chase and their 10-year anniversary celebration. In March, students served a meal at the Haven. In May, they volunteered at Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Races for all Paces by cheering and giving directions along the route. They plan to continue participating in these annual events, as well as others.

In the week before Christmas break, the group hosted a food drive for the CHS food pantry, which supplies food and personal care products for students in need. They also raised money during Mustache March in cooperation with the five teachers who participated. In this drive, they raised over $1,000 that was donated to a community family who is battling cancer.

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Interact wrapped up this year by giving a presentation of events to their sponsor, the Rotary Club, and by holding an election for next year’s officers. They are: Shayla Taylor, president; Rachel Thomas, vice president; Mia Di Naso, secretary; Austin Gotschall and Blake Garrett, co-treasurers; and Delaney Horn, Rotary liaison.

Next school year, the club plans to continue previous events, but also host more after-school events so they will be more accessible for students who can't drive or get a ride to events.

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