Interact participates in community volunteer projects

by Lauren Constantine, News

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The school club Interact recently participated in two community clean ups, one taking place at the Grand Haven State Beach and the other on highway M-104. The annual beach cleanup took place on September 17, drawing members from our Interact club, along with Grand Haven’s Interact members. YMCA’s Togetherhood program and the Alliance for the Great Lakes sponsors the beach clean up each year. The trash collected by Interact members and the other volunteers is taken into account and used for research, and that research goes towards passing new laws. The items that were collected the most at the clean up were plastic wrappers and cigarette butts. The Spring Lake students who went to the clean up had only positive things to say.

“Going to the beach clean up was an overall great experience,” said Interact member Ben Walters. “My eyes were really opened to just how much trash, especially cigarettes, is left on the beach.”

The second clean up took place on M-104 on September 28. The Spring Lake Rotary Club sponsors a section of the highway and invited Interact to participate in the clean up. Interact members walked along the portion of highway by Holiday Inn, picking up trash that was littered on the road. Almost a dozen Interact members participated, finding bottles, pieces of cars, and plastic bags, among other things while cleaning up the highway.  Member Sara Gray thought the clean up was very beneficial because, “Many people don’t think about how much highways are used and how much garbage is being thrown out cars’ windows.”

Interact has many more volunteer opportunities throughout the school that prove to be beneficial to our community. This club participates in activities that make our environment and city an overall better place

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