Student Volunteers with Heart

Clear Lake High School’s Interact Club is an extension of the Rotary Club of Lakeport. Several students began their morning before sunrise at the 24th annual Konocti Challenge on October 4. Sixteen of the club’s twenty-one members gave up all or part of their Saturday for the event. Led by High School Senior and Interact PresidStuff a Busent Chris Vincent, student volunteers helped prepare breakfast, maintain trash receptacles, and helped clean-up after the 13-hour event. The CLHS Mountain Bike Club also assisted by maintaining the Anderson Marsh rest stop. This spooky-themed rest stop provided bikers with homemade smoothies, pep talks, bike repairs, first aid, and road guidance before continuing on their long journey.

Clear Lake High School Principal Steve Gentry adds, “Our student council, classes, and clubs promote and encourage student volunteerism and community involvement. We don’t require community service; we promote, encourage Clear Lake High School offers many sports programs and clubs which provide volunteer service opportunities for students, including: the Harry Potter Club, the Glee Club, the Latino Club, the Native American Club, the Christian Club, the Junior Statesmen of America and the California Scholastic Federation. Students are also involved in the Tango Mike project, packing food for tsunami victims, collecting food for the Stuff-a-Bus project, giving blood during on campus blood drives, cleaning up watershed areas, sponsoring Christmas for Kids, donating funds for Pennies for Patients, forming a team for Relay for Life, promoting Breast Cancer Awareness month, participating in the volunteer program at Sutter-Lakeside Hospital, assisting the Lakeport Kiwanis Club in the annual community Halloween party, and participating in the Sponsoring Survivorship walk.e, and seek opportunities for CLHS students to volunteer because they want to and not because they have to. We believe this reflects the true spirit of community service.”

 Terrace Middle School Principal Jill Falconer believes the spirit of volunteerism should be a priority as early as middle school. “By focusing on the importance of Scommunity service early, students grow up learning that volunteerism is a normal part of life. Our Junior Interact Club introduces students to the importance of community service at a young age. Our hope is that by the time they reach CLHS they are eager to volunteer through one of their many student volunteer opportunities.”

Terrace Middle School’s Junior Interact Club is intended to promote positive change in the community through leadership and community service. A primary goal of the Junior Interact Club is to collect, count and process Box Tops for Education. Box tops are collected by families from food packaging labels and brought to school. Club participants track funds raised by each grade and allocate those funds into classroom accounts to help offset education costs. In addition, the focus of this year’s community service learning project is community gardening. After learning how food is grown and processed in the U.S., club participants decided to grow food to use in the school cafeteria. With 25 active members, they hope to have an abundant vegetable garden by spring. 7th grade teacher and club advisor Lisa Prather adds, “The students have a tremendous amount of energy coupled with a strong desire to make a difference in their community. They have the greatest impact when I step out of the way and just provide advice, encouragement, and support. The students are awesome and give me a lot of hope for the future.”

Terrace Middle School also provides students with various sports programs, student programs, and clubs. These include: Student Council, the Junior Interact Club, the California Junior Scholarship Federation, Washington DC Trip and Club, Girls on the Move, and the Band Program. The Junior Interact Club volunteers at the annual Rotary Easter Egg Hunt, an annual canned food drive, and they coordinate donations to local food cupboards and domestic shelters. They also assisted at the Konocti Challenge.

Superintendent Erin Smith-Hagberg says, “The goal of our district is to prepare our students for successful futures. An important aspect of that is teaching our students the importance of service. I am proud of the LUSD students and staff members who make a difference in our community.”

For more information about Lakeport Unified School District call 707-262-3000.