Posted by Joseph Kitchen
The Bath High School Interact Club has wrapped up an odd year.
The Bath High School Interact Club ended the year under tough circumstances. After Ohio schools were closed in mid March, our club was unable to meet or conduct group projects. As you can imagine, Advisor Missy Vandemark, the students, and myself were disappointed.
As you know, the students are required to obtain a specific number of community service hours annually. Due to the shortened year, we made the decision to lower that target number. However, there were still some kids who fell short of the requirement. Therefore, we gave the students the opportunity to conduct volunteering or community service on their own. They were then required to submit the hours and a synopsis of the work they did to us for approval.
We were disappointed that we were unable to attend the Lima Rotary meeting on May 11 and present awards to our students. Missy and I are still working out the details on how this will be done. Most likely, in the fall when school starts, we will have some type of presentation.
Another issue that arose was the fact that we had to cancel our annual father daughter dance. This is our largest fundraiser and how we generate money to provide two scholarships to our graduating seniors. Generously, the Lima Rotary Foundation and the Scholarship Committee stepped forward to make funding available so we could continue this valuable benefit for our club members.
Like all other areas of our lives, this last few months were a disappointing and unexpected circumstance. However, we hope that a silver lining may be the fact that our students had an opportunity to face a challenge, show their resiliency, and overcome despite the tough circumstances.
Missy Vandemark and I would like to express our thanks to the members of The Lima Rotary Club for their continued support of the Bath High School Interact Club.