The Rotary Club of Canton this week celebrated outstanding Interact Club middle and high school students and presented two with college scholarships.
Rotary’s Interact program offers middle and high school students opportunities for fellowship and service, and the Canton Club partners with teachers and administrators at Cherokee High School and Teasley Middle School to sponsor chapters.
During Tuesday’s virtual club meeting held online, Youth Services Chair April Rogers announced $1,000 college scholarships would be presented to Cherokee High Interact members and graduating seniors Izabelle Cool, who earned the Service Award, and Brycen Wheeler, who won the Citizenship and Leadership Award. Both students attended the online meeting, as did Teasley Middle Interact members Addie English, who received the Citizenship and Leadership Award for the chapter, and Alexsis Fair, who earned the Service Award.
Interact Club co-sponsor teachers and administrators also attended the meeting, and teachers Ali Lamb of Teasley Middle and Melissa Clarke of Cherokee High shared updates on the chapters’ service projects. Some of their many initiatives include the annual Warrior Wishes holiday program for Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy students in need and volunteering to support senior citizens living at the Provident Village assisted living center.
The club on Tuesday also heard a presentation on The Joy House in Jasper, a nonprofit organization that provides restorative care for struggling teens and families; and honored the late David Harrison, husband of longtime Rotarian Dr. Susan Padgett Harrison, by making financial donations to MUST Ministries, a nonprofit organization that he strongly supported.
Three Rotarians were celebrated for fulfilling the requirements to transition from a “new member” red badge to the traditional blue badge: attorney Michael Starosto, owner of Star Law PC; Susan Treadaway, Cherokee County Chief Assistant District Attorney; and Ellen Tyler, owner of Ellen Tyler Coaching, LLC.
The online meetings at noon on Tuesdays are open to guests interested in joining the Club; for information on how to participate, please email Rotarian Nicole Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming programs include guest speaker Cherokee County Chief Marshal Ron Hunton on May 12, and the annual presentation of Community Service Awards on May 19.