“Team Work: It is the fuel that enables common people to do uncommon things,” said Margo Curran, sponsor of the Pell City High School Interact Club, sponsored at large by the Pell City Rotary Club.
Curran said the Pell City High School Interact Club is an organization of students that provides humanitarian services, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill in the community.
“Our members work hard, giving up their time to raise money in order to achieve these goals,” she said.
Curran said members are required to complete a minimum of 30 community service hours, but exceed that expectation. The club currently has 40 active members.
“Through their service activities, Interact members learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility, and hard work of advancing international understanding and goodwill,” she said.
Curran said the Pell City High School Interact Club has been quite active this year. In October, the club hosted the annual PCHS Truck or Treat, which more than 350 children attended, and made a donation to the Pell City Animal Shelter. The club also held a successful Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser.
“We did a “Pink Out” at the last PCHS football game against Oxford,” she said.
Curran said for the “Pink Out,” attendees dressed in pink and held an all-day bake sale, which all the PCHS clubs contributed baked goods to (pink cupcakes, etc.).
“We were able to donate $1,700 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation,” she said.
Curran said the club recently made a $550 donation to the YWCA Central Alabama for the domestic violence shelter in Pell City.
“The Club is also going to Golden Living Center in Eden to bring holiday cheers to the residents,” she said. “We received a wish list from the residents, and our goal is to make their wish list come true.”
Curran said the wish list includes body lotion, body spray, chocolate and peppermints, sugar-free candy, University of Alabama accessories for residents room and sweat shirts and hats, women’s perfume, gripper socks, an Elvis poster, necklaces, pierced earrings, and button-up sweaters.
“If anyone in the community wants to help us with the wish list items (or donations), items may be brought to Pell City High School,” she said. “We are going to take the items to the residents on Dec. 13.”
Curran said in January, the club has an international project planned.
“Eastaboga Baptist Church is seeking new and used bicycles to be sent to Nigeria, Africa,” she said. “These bicycles will be used by local Nigerian pastors and lay people to transport a small electronic Bible, called a Proclaimer, from village to village.”
Curran said each Proclaimer has the spoken Word of God in the native languages of Nigeria. The Proclaimers have a built-in speaker, and can be heard by up to 150 people at a time.
“Without the bicycles, it will be impossible to move from village to village in an efficient manner,” she said.
Curran said the anticipated drop-off day for the bicycles is Jan. 9.
“We are planning a canned food/non-perishable food drive for our local Christian Love Pantry in April, to help keep the pantry stocked over the summer months,” she said. “And we have other upcoming events, but they are still in the planning stage.”
Curran said she hopes the community will help support the club in its efforts.
“We are excited about our upcoming outreach activities, and looking forward to more in the future,” she said.