Poca Interactors attending the Rotary luncheon were (left to right) Melissa Ballard (co-sponsor), Josh Higginbotham (vice president elect), Molly Ballard (president) and Keree Moles.

Poca Interact Club reports

June 4, 2013

The school year has been a busy one for the Interact Club at Poca High School, and students were on hand today to report on their doings.

President of the group Molly Ballard has been in demand as a speaker at Rotary functions across the state. She has spoken at several local club meetings, at a training conference at Flatwoods, and at the annual district conference at the Greenbrier Resort.

And in her spare time the Remarkable Miss Molly served as the first student representative on the West Virginia Board of Education. She also wields a wicked racquet on the tennis courts while she is the reigning Miss Poca High School.

During its first year, the Poca group counted eighteen regulars on its membership rolls, and twelve of those were graduating seniors. "That leaves us with six members," said Ballard, "but we have every confidence that they are going to recruit a great bunch of people.

"When we started the Interact Club last year," she said, "our goal was to complete one service project each month.-- because we're all very 'involved' students and we have a lot of well-rounded young people in our club"

Service projects have included a "Reading Aloud" day at Poca Elementary School, and holiday parties at the Sojourners' Shelter..

"We sat down with them with crayons and sissors and made Christmas cards. And we sang Christmas carols."

Some students in the school go hungry over weekends and during the holidays, so the Interactors helped bridge the gaps with a "Back-Pack Buddies" food collection program.

The Interactors also helped with distribution on Saturdays at a community food pantry in Poca.

The club joined with Putnam Rotarians in some of the Habitat projects during the year, and it the Rotary pancake breakfast to end polio.

Many of the student clubs at Poca undertake community service projects, and especially during the holidays. The Interactors teamed up with the Future Business Leaders club to sponsor an "Angel Tree," to provide presents for children in special need of Christmas cheer.

Rising senior Josh Higginbotham expects to expand Interact service in the coming school year. Like Miss Molly, Josh is involved in a multitude of activities. He is state president of the Distributive Education Clubs (DECA) for next year. During the past year, Higginbotham saw DECA membership grow by 40 percent. "I believe we can do the same with Interact," he said. .

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