By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
On Saturday, November 2, students from the Caledonia Interact club joined their peers from across Western Wisconsin and SE Minnesota in packaging dried food stores for people in Nicaragua.
The annual event drew 15 seniors who spent a morning helping those in need.
“It really had an impact on me,” said Christina DeWall, who is the vice president of the Caledonia chapter of the club.
The students viewed a video on how to properly portion and weigh the food stores and then were given the ingredients to make the meals.
“We bagged 504 meals,” said president Hannah Boudreaux. “Our group also brought in the most canned food in the region with 848.”
The students held a food drive leading up to the weekend’s event. On Halloween, they collected what they called a “trick or feeding,” asking residents to leave canned foods on their steps on Halloween.
“We then went door-to-door,” said Boudreaux. “Miken collected a lot for us from their employees as well.”
The students really appreciated how the community stepped up.
“We want to say ‘thank you’ to the community, the elementary students and staff, principal Boler, the team at Miken and people at St. John’s,” said Boudreaux.
“It was great, it was a good experience,” said DeWall. “It was a lot of fun, a lot of students were dancing, they were playing music. It was a really successful event.”
The club in Caledonia, which is the student version of Rotary, has done many things within the community.
“We have 35 to 40 members,” said Julie O’Mara who is the Rotary advisor to the club.
There are middle school students and many seniors but the middle grades could use a little more representation.
“We could use more to step up,” said DeWall. “It’s a really fun group and it’s great to help our community.”
If you would like to join the Interact Club you are encouraged to talk with Boudreaux or DeWall about joining.
“We’re doing more fund raisers,” said Boudreaux. “We’re planning a memorial for Kyle Frank, either planting a tree or a bench where wood shop at the school would make it.”
They are also busy planning for the holiday season and how the group can help their community.
The club meets the first and fourth Thursday of the month.
“The goal is to get people to understand what it is to be a part of the community,” said O’Mara.