The Interact Club of Gibraltar, formed by the Northern Door Rotary Club earlier this year, gives middle school students an opportunity to get involved with various projects throughout the community.
Community service has long been recognized as a way of linking together the academic, social and emotional components of learning. Children experience personal growth by making an impact on their surrounding communities and develop a sense of good citizenship which ensures the future health and well-being of those communities.
To build awareness for the new club, The Ridges Sanctuary is partnering with the Northern Door Rotary to facilitate an exchange program. On June 6, 7 and 8, club members will be helping to host a group of Milwaukee students at The Ridges for a program highlighting the Door County outdoor experience. In the future, the Gibraltar Interact students hope to have a similar exchange program and travel to Milwaukee to experience the city’s museums, galleries and cultural diversity. Previously, Interact had been primarily for high school students. With the decision by Rotary International to open it up to younger kids, the Interact Club of Gibraltar becomes the first of its kind in the country.
This summer, as part of their community service activity, the club’s President and Vice President, Megan Leonard and Sarah Kifer, will help raise money for The Ridges Sanctuary by participating in the 2012 Ride for Nature on Saturday, June 16. For the first time in its history, the Ride is offering a sponsorship program called Bike-to-Benefit. To help launch the new program, the Cordon Family Foundation has agreed to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 in sponsorships. Leonard and Kifer will tackle the 15-mile route of the Ride and the girls are looking for sponsors to help them reach their goal.
All sponsorship amounts are welcome. Funds raised through the Bike to Benefit program will support the restoration of the Baileys Harbor Range Lights, a rapidly disappearing kind of lighthouse and two of the only surviving range lights in Wisconsin.
Individuals wishing to sponsor Megan and Sarah can call The Ridges Sanctuary at 920.839.2802 to make their pledge.
For more information about the Interact Club of Gibraltar, contact club Coordinator Jess Holland at 920.743.8785.