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May 15, 2013

Academy's Interact Club gives back to community

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“The Rotary motto is service above self,” Christian said. “That’s not directly what we say to the students when we talk to them, but that’s implied, that there are other people who need our help, even if it’s just something small.”

Some of the other projects the club embarked on included a fundraiser at the Captain’s Corner in Salisbury and a leaf-raking day in the fall.

“I like how we’ve gotten to meet so many important people in town,” Berman said. “We’ve spoken to a lot of the people down at Our Neighbors’ Table and we’ve gotten to work with a great group of people down at the Captain’s Corner also. It’s nice to meet people that you wouldn’t meet on an everyday basis.”

Jesse Reyes, a sophomore who will be among the club’s leaders next year, said it was rewarding to have the chance to help make Amesbury a better place.

“I think it’s good that we get to help give back, to help other people beside ourselves and to be selfless,” Reyes said.

Looking ahead, the club is hoping to participate in the upcoming Amesbury Relay for Life to honor Brad Ford, a local educational stalwart who passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.

Ford was one of the charter members of the Amesbury Academy’s board of directors and also a major supporter of Interact. Reslewic said most of the club members were close to him, and Christian said his hope is that the Interact Clubs at the middle school and high school will be able to team up with the Academy’s club to form a relay team.

“The thing to do would be to take the banner, rig it up on a pole and have everybody walk around with it,” Christian said. “That would be kind of cool.”

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