ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Local students have started an “Interact” club at Maysville High School– the first of its kind in Muskingum County.
Interact is a Rotary sponsored club for students at the high school level and one junior said that she became motivated to start the club after a three-day leadership program in Athens.
“I originally started volunteering at The Wilds in the summer when it first started, and my guidance counselor, Miss Mitts, told me about the opportunity to go to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). And it’s just a three-day little program in Athens, and it’s just a lot of fun. It teaches you not only how to be a leader, but what leaders are. So after that they told us about ‘Interact’ and a few students came up and told us what their programs were and how they did it, and it just interested me,” said Emilee Tabler, President of the Interact club.
Members of the Rotary Club of Zanesville Daybreak were on hand to honor the students and talk about why this group is so valuable to the community.
“I think it helps re-focus kids on what’s really, really important. District Governor Steve Sambo said in his remarks today, said that ‘you get more back than you put into it,’ and I think it really helps ground kids at the High School age where there’s a lot of other distractions going on, and again, helps them understand what’s really important,” added Mike Bryan, President of the Rotary Club of Zanesville Daybreak.
The Interact club has approximately 22 members, and will take part in reading at the preschool, and other literacy based activities within the community.