Interact Club, Rotary donate $4,800 to fight polio

The Middleburgh chapter of the Interact Club, sponsored by the Middleburgh Rotary Club, raised $800 last school year by selling chicken BBQ dinners and sponsoring a bake sale during Miracle on Main Street. The students of the Interact Club came together and voted to donate the money to support Rotary International’s mission to eradicate Polio.

Students pose holding a check
Heline Langue (Rotary Exchange student from Belgium), Quin Smith (Interact VP), Liam Hooper (Interact President), Kelsey Burgett (Interact Secretary), Persephone Carhart (Interact Project Coordinator), Brianna Diamond (Interact Treasurer), Jason Dannible (Rotarian and Interact Advisor), James Spenser (Rotarian and Foundation Chairman).

The funds will be used to raise awareness, get polio vaccinations to children, for polio research, and much more. All money donated to Rotary International’s PolioPlus Fund will be doubled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Interact is thankful to be able to contribute to the fight against polio, as one of the goals of the club is to practice helpfulness in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.   

A check is passed between two people while another looks on

On Nov. 3, the Interact Club officers joined the Rotary and presented the funds. Inspired, the Middleburgh Rotary Club immediately voted to match the donation. In all, the Interact Club was able to turn $800 into $4,800 to help eradicate polio. Thank you to all who have supported us over the years.