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Booker Middle students form Rotary Interact, dinner set for Dec. 20

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SERVICE ABOVE SELF: Booker Middle School Rotary Interact officers students were part of a presentation about the club by the Rotary Club of Sarasota Sept. 20 at Sarasota City Hall. Pictured from left are Tatum Tellsbuesher, second treasurer; Yeoshua Wilson, second secretary; Abi Holdway, secretary; Leah Dubose, vice president; and Christina Brush, president.

SARASOTA, Dec. 6, 2017 – Students at Booker Middle School have formed a club called Rotary Interact, which is dedicated to serving the community by promoting literacy awareness by tutoring elementary students and developing other service projects. To celebrate the formation of the club and its mission, Interact is inviting anyone who would like to come to a free Holiday Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the school cafeteria.

Rotary of Sarasota sponsors the Interact chapter. Its members chose to partner with Booker Middle because the school has a program known as WEB Leaders, which stands for Where Everyone Belongs. Eighty-six students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades are WEB Leaders and Interact members. Two students have been guests at the monthly meeting of Rotary of Sarasota at Marina Jack’s restaurant, but Rotary members said they were so impressed with the students that they will invite six students each month instead of just two. In addition to the regular monthly Rotary Club meetings, the Interact student board members meet with the club’s executive board once a month.

The motto of Rotary Interact is the same as the motto of Rotary International: “Service above self.” The mission of Booker Middle School’s interact program is “to develop the academic, intellectual, creative, emotional, social, moral and physical aspects of its diverse student population…Through varied opportunities and experiences, students will maximize their potential to be responsible, lifelong learners in a dynamic global society.”

Debra Alvis-Greenwald, administrative assistant to Principal LaShawn Frost, is the Rotary Interact advisor. She describes the club’s activities: “Our students tutor at Bay Haven, Emma E. Booker and Tuttle elementary schools. Rotary just helped us purchase books for students and is going to help us purchase additional books for school media centers; we are hoping to purchase more in the future.

“We’d like to invite everyone to attend our free Holiday Community Dinner December 20th. We want to make our community aware that family comes first and we want to let them know we are here to help. The Rotary Club will be donating money to help purchase toys for the holiday toy drive for our families at Booker Middle.”  

People interested in attending the free Holiday Community Dinner should call Debra Alvis-Greenwald at 941-320-6908 no later than Thursday, Dec. 14. Booker Middle School is at 2250 Myrtle St., Sarasota. 

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