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Interact club interacts with communities in need

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

As the school year winds down, the Interact Club is still busy performing service in the community.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club, students with Interact meet once a month to give back. Earlier this year the club brought a group of international exchange students to Park City for a ski day. Later this month they will be working with the adopt-a-highway program to help clean up S.R. 224.

Kelli Tompkins, a senior and the current Interact president, encourages students to join who are looking to provide a service.

"It gets them involved in schools, it’s fun and they get involved in the community," she said. "It’s a nice organization, we do a lot of good things,"

Tompkins said the Park City High School Interact Club has been running for six years. The organization also awards students with a certificate if they attend six out of 10 meetings and complete four projects. If they complete those requirements as a senior they also get a special tassel and a pin at graduation.

They encourage students to participate in Youth Link, an organization that sends students abroad to help communities.

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Through Youth Link, Anna Amici, a sophomore and Interact Club member, will be going to Peru to help teach preschoolers. Amici said she is very excited and the people she’s talked to that have gone in the past told her it was a wonderful experience.

"I’ve always wanted to travel internationally," she added.

Amici initially joined the club because it was an opportunity to give back while meeting people.

"I like the idea of people doing projects together," she said, noting that with most other volunteer opportunities it’s an individual effort.

Allie Winkelman, a junior and Interact Club president elect, joined on a recommendation from a friend.

"One of the older members said it would be a good thing for me," she said.

Since then she has only become more involved.

"I love it," she said.