AMESBURY – Students at the Amesbury Academy sometimes get a bad rap, but a group of students with a passion for public service have helped make Amesbury a better place over the past year by growing the school’s upstart Interact Club into one of the most popular organizations on campus.
Interact is a service club for middle school and high school students that has been hosted by Rotary International for over 50 years. Each club is sponsored by an individual Rotary chapter, and the clubs themselves are self-governing, self-supporting and vary widely in size.
Although Interact has had a presence at Amesbury High School for a number of years, the Amesbury Academy’s club was founded just last April by a group of students looking to give back to the community, and now its membership comprises over 10 percent of the student population.
“It was at the end of last year that we got together and said, ‘Hey, let’s give this a shot,’” said Bethany Noseworthy, a school guidance counselor and one of the club’s staff advisers.
The club was up and running within a matter of weeks, and before the school year was up the group was organizing its first fundraiser, a mini golf event to raise money for a defibrillator for Our Neighbors’ Table.
“There was a good turnout and they put in a lot of effort, extra hours outside of school to make sure that it happened,” Noseworthy said. “Summer meetings, selling tickets, anything that we asked of them, they did.”
Under the leadership of club president Jacob Berman, secretary Michael Reslewic and Rotary Club adviser Jack Christian, the club successfully raised the money to buy Our Neighbors’ Table its AED unit. Over this past school year the club has worked to help the community in any small way it could.