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The Interact Club is in its first year at LCM.

The Interact Club is in its first year at LCM.

The Interact Club is in its first year at LCM.

Kayla Dean, Writer

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Young people are always looking for a way to explore their community and make a positive impact. Now, thanks to seniors Dalan Jones and Connor Alexander, the Interact Club has been brought to the high school and will allow students to do so.

Interact Club is a worldwide service organization created to help get teenagers involved in their community in a variety of ways. It helps young adults observe and resolve problems occurring within their environment while still including all the activities of a high school club.

“I really feel like this club brings something to this school that hasn’t been present in the past,” Alexander said. “This club is an opportunity for kids to get involved in service in a unique way and address problems that are real and prevalent in society today.”

Last January, Jones and Alexander attended a leadership conference called RYLA where keynote speakers talked about their experiences with previous Interact Clubs. This left a big impression on them.

“As soon as we left the conference, Dalan and I were already talking about starting up a club at our school,” Alexander said. “The unique form of service and dedication of this organization really inspired us.”

Inspired by the club’s purpose, Jones and Alexander sought to make it a reality at LCM. They began researching and speaking with local and school officials to get the club’s approval, and they got it.

Like any club, the first year will include a lot of preparation. Since Jones and Alexander are students themselves, they know how overwhelming school and other activities can be.

“In Interact, we don’t want people to get overwhelmed and understand that everyone is involved in a lot of other things, so there is no such thing as hours,” Alexander said. “You are just required to attend 60 percent of the meetings, which are held twice a month, and participate in our service projects throughout the year.”

Students interested in joining need to attend a meeting, fill out a registration form, and pay their yearly dues.

“We want everyone to give it a chance and discover the same passion for Interact that we discovered at RYLA,” Alexander said.

 

 

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