A group of volunteer students from David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) is making a positive difference in the community.
The high school’s Interac Club is sponsored by the local Rotary Club of Invermere and this year is made up of 11 students, most of them in Grade 11.
It’s (the Interac Club) about doing things in the community to help out, and also to help us develop leadership skills, said club president and DTSS student Blake Glassford. We as students choose what we want to do to help the community, we fundraise to get the money to put it on, and then we put it on. We do pretty much everything.
The Interac Club, which is in its first year, has been busy in recent weeks, first performing a talent show for residents at Columbia Garden on Friday, December 12th and then helping out at the Rotary Club’s annual senior’s dinner on Sunday, December 14th.
It’s going great so far, we’re excited to see what we can do in the coming year, said Blake.
The whole idea is to get involved and help out the communities around you, both globally and locally, said club member Amira Elwakeel.
We also learn valuable skills through doing this, said club member Kally Van Mulligen.
The club meets at DTSS every Thursday and, even though it is mostly Grade 11s at the moment, it is open to students of all grades. The students haven’t yet decided what their global project for the year will be, but said they want to focus on helping get reliable water to a community currently lacking it.
Aside from Blake, Amira and Kally, the Interac Club includes Annie Zehnder, Anna Arif, Maia Harbich, Clare Ross, Carli Maybuck, Dani Bondoc, Taylor Hart and Mackenzie DuBois. The Interac Club was joined in its talent show at Columbia Gardens by fellow DTSS students Jade Bowen and Japhy Hunt.