The Interact Club with the guidance of sponsor Katherine Cantu, and Magnolia Rotarians Kelly McDonald and Hope Moye, raised $2,700 yesterday for World Polio Day.
The Magnolia High School’s Interact Club had 66 members participate in the spare change drive, “Pennies for Polio”. By collecting spare change from students, faculty, and staff, the Interact Club was able to raise $900, $300 over the initial goal of $600. A polio vaccine costs about $0.60, and with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledging to match donations 2-1, the Interact Club will able to contribute $2,700 towards the campaign to end polio, or 4,500 vaccinations.
The “Pennies for Polio” spare change drive is a program designed to educate and involve schools in the campaign that Rotary and Interact Clubs have undertaken to eradicate polio in the world. Currently, there are only three countries that have cases of polio (Afghanistan, Pakistan, and The Philippines) and on World Polio Day (October 24th), people around the world donate their spare change towards polio vaccines. Once polio is eradicated, it will be the second disease in human history to be eradicated by vaccinations, after smallpox.
“It was so rewarding to know how much money we raised, and how many lives we are going to save. I am very proud of our school and how they all wanted to help save lives, and how eager they were to donate.”-Aubrey Bullard, Interact President.
The Magnolia High School Interact Club will be conducting a series of community and services projects this year including Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, Cards for Veterans, a canned food drive for the Montgomery County Food Bank, and an Angel Tree to provide warm clothing and toys for children in our community. The club also will complete an international service project in the spring that is yet to be determined. The Magnolia High School Interact Club is partnered with the Magnolia Rotary Club, and is open to all students hoping to make a difference in their world and community.