INTERACTing with students

Photo by Jake Lee Green / Kern Valley Sun
Joey Moyer, President and Pardae Tuttle, Vice president of Interact Club.

By: Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun

The Interact Club was brought back to Kern Valley High School by senior Katy Davenport, under the supervision of teacher advisor Wayne Moore and Summer Kirby. In February of 2019, Davenport started the club and held an election to let other students run the club since she was unable to.

Joey Moyer, KVHS senior and elected President of the Interact club, discussed the purpose and goals of the club. The purpose is to help the community by putting on various fundraisers and events to raise money. Each fundraiser helps a different cause. Their last fundraiser was a walk-a-thon that took eight months to plan. The club raised $752 for Snip-n-Tip. Moyer said, “We do what we can to help the community. The look of appreciation on the receivers face when we give them the money is worth all the hard work.”

There are two events students of the club can attend during the school year. Four students are chosen and get to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) every April. The funds are sponsored by the Rotary Club, which has been a big part of sponsoring the Interact Club for decades. During this leadership academy students do hands-on skill building sessions, there are motivational speakers, honing in on leadership characteristics, and problem solving. The academy focuses on building cohesiveness, organizational skills, and leadership. Kern YES (Youth Empowerment Summit) is another leadership program offered to only freshman and sophomores that Interact members also attend and is held in February.

The club is a small group which consists of the four officers and three other students. Any grade can participate in the club. The meetings are typically on Tuesdays, bi-weekly. Installation of officers are based on a nomination system. This typically is held in November.