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Helix Interact and La Mesa Sunrise Rotary team up

Helix Charter High School’s Interact Club is a service organization sponsored by La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club. The Interact club is vibrant and diverse, and students meet weekly with their adviser, Ms. Irving, and Rotary liaisons Bill Pogue and Jo Ann Bergquist. Mr. Pogue has been working with Helix Interact since 1998!

On Friday, Feb. 7, Helix Interact and La Mesa Sunrise Rotary teamed up to provide Foster Parents Respite, an evening out for parents, whose children enjoyed crafts, clowns, face painting, games, music, and of course pizza, cupcakes and drinks. Sixteen Helix Interact members enthusiastically led various activities during the evening. As a side benefit, students earn community service hours toward their graduation requirements through their participation in projects like this.

In the last few years, this Interact Club also has been involved in events such as Habitat for Humanity; St. Vincent de Paul’s Thanksgiving dinner; cleanups at the beach, Lake Murray and the Helix football stadium after games; painting of the curbs at Helix High School; and graffiti paint-overs both in La Mesa and on Interstate 5 in Mission Bay. The club hosted San Pasqual Academy students on courtesy tours of the Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park and the Maritime Museum at the Embarcadero. Members also participated in decorating the Rotary Rose Bowl float in Pasadena and volunteered on the Christmas Train to Tecate, plus they had the opportunity to attend many club field trips.

This year’s officers are President Sami-jo McClish, Vice President Charley Nocere, Secretary Jodi-Ann Johnson and Treasurer Kayla Shaw. At the Feb. 13 meeting, next year’s officers were elected: President Adam Oraigat, Vice President Ailed Vasquez, Secretary Adrian Lam, Treasurer Faduima Abdi, and Publicist Jaycie Matthews. The Membership Committee Chair position is still available.

When asked what they liked most about the organization, students noted the opportunity to earn community service hours and the sense of community felt by members both at meetings and events, as well as in school. Interact and Rotary are about making a difference locally, nationally and internationally, and their impact is felt globally. It’s not too late to get involved!

-- Reported by Mary Scanlon

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