Mount Carmel School and the Saipan Rotary Club are collaborating on activities that will not only benefit the community but also develop leadership skills and a better understanding of the value of individual responsibility and hard work among students.
Rotary Club of Saipan's Jeff Boyer and Reina Camacho gave a presentation early this week to MCS high school students about Interact, a service club for young people ages 14-18. It gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun, service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends.
Interact is an international organization that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship and promote international understanding and peace. The name was created combining the words “international” and “action.” Interact clubs, which are sponsored by Rotary clubs as a program of Rotary International, are self-governing and self-supporting.
During the presentation, Boyer and Camacho showed students video clips that explained more about the program and shared the story of the Saipan Rotary Club's successful assistance of an orphanage in Russia. The two expressed hope that the school's “Interact” program could also have a global reach.
It was in July this year when newly appointed MCS president Galvin Deleon Guerrero asked the help of the local Rotary Club for the school's new Service Learning Program, where 7th to 12th graders are given the opportunity to serve their community. The community service is required of students under their Theology program.
“It was great to hear back from the Rotary Club and move forward with something that will help our students serve their community, learn more about various social issues, and grow under the mentorship of community leaders,” said Deleon Guerrero.
Bryan Cho, a senior student and president of the school's chapter of the American Red Cross Club, said this was his first time to hear about the club and is excited to take part in the group.
“I had never heard of it before and I can't wait to work with the program. It will give us students yet another way to interact with each other and the community,” said Cho.
Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects each year, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill.