Interact clubs make playground donation to Countryside Academy

Students at Countryside Academy/Millburg Early Learning Center, in front, stand with, in back, from left, Interact Club Adviser Mary Frey, St. Joseph High School Interact President Andrew Borre, Principal Nathan Smith, Upton Middle School Interact President Regan Igoe and Interact Adviser Cindy Igoe.

BENTON HARBOR — The Interact clubs of St. Joseph High School and Upton Middle School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, have put their fundraising efforts toward the purchase of new playground equipment for Countryside Academy/Millburg Early Learning Center.

For the past two years, both Interact clubs have been promoting literacy at the Millburg Early Learning Center. Seeing the scarcity of the playground equipment, the clubs decided to do something about it, according to a Rotary news release.

With the help of a $2,500 matching grant from the Rotary District 6360 Foundation, the playground will be receiving 4 “Spinsanity Spinners,” a balance beam and an ADA full body swing.

Supported by Rotary International, Interact Club is one of the world’s oldest and fastest growing youth organizations. Internationally, Interact is comprised of 469,000 members in 159 countries.

Working with Rotary advisers, members gain a deeper understanding of global needs, provide service to their communities, learn about teamwork and gain leadership skills.

In 2012, the Rotary Club of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor chartered its first Interact Club. The club grew from 60 students in the first weeks to now more than 300 students split between six charters at four high schools and two middle schools: Bridgman High School, Lakeshore High School, Lake Michigan Catholic High School, Lake Michigan Catholic Middle School, St. Joseph High School and Upton Middle School.