Robert Gilmor III is surrounded by Interact Club members during the rafiki bracelet making session.

HHS Interact Club Mobilizes for Good Cause

Robert Gilmor III is surrounded by Interact Club members during the rafiki bracelet making session.

October 9, 2018

Huntington High School’s energetic Interact Club mobilized last week for another good cause.

A Rotary International program for teenagers, Interact strives to carry out hands-on projects and offers members a chance to make international connections, develop leadership skills and have fun while making a positive difference in the world.

The Huntington chapter is guided by high school social studies teacher Camille Tedeschi. Natalie McCann serves as president with Noah Morris occupying the position of vice president. Mia Nitekman is the treasurer with Katie Stock serving as corresponding secretary and Phoebe Walther carrying out recording secretary duties. Katie Riley is the historian and Haley Mortell is the organization’s public relations coordinator. Jackson Pitti and Christiana DeLuca are administrative assistants.

Huntington Interact Club members most recently gathered to make rafiki bracelets, which they intend to sell to raise monies that will benefit the Michael Gilmor Memorial Scholarship Fund. The son of high school dean of students Robert Gilmor III, Mr. Gilmor passed away suddenly late last summer.

“Rafiki means friend in Swahili,” Ms. Tedeschi explained. “This is an item that a group of us learned when we traveled on a service learning trip to Tanzania in 2016. It was an experience that changed our lives and we wanted to bring it back to our local community. We make rafikis with lots of different groups of people and sell them to raise money for a variety of funds, including the Eli Mollineax Fund.”

“Rafikis are our club’s signature bracelets,” Ms. McCann said. “We made them in blue, which was Michael Gilmor’s favorite color. We will be selling them this month for $5 and donating the proceeds to his scholarship fund.”

The Huntington club is open to any student in the building. There are more than 12,300 Interact chapters in 133 countries. Supported by the local Rotary Club, the high school chapter’s goal is to carry out at least two service projects a year, one local and the other aiding an international organization providing assistance to those in need.

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