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Interact Club revived at Forsyth Central, aims to serve
Caroline Williams, a member of the new Interact Club at Forsyth Central High, rearranges some goods Tuesday in the school's pantry. The community service organization, which is affiliated with a local Rotary Club, recently re-formed after a couple years hiatus on campus. - photo by Micah Green

CUMMING — At a weekly lunch meeting of some of the biggest local makers and shakers, a group of young leaders sat poised to make a difference in their community.

The Rotary Club of Forsyth County welcomed the Interact Club back to Forsyth Central High School on Thursday after a three- or four-year break.

The club is the high school version of Rotary, according to Lauren Lloyd, Interact adviser.

“We’re going to be doing several community service projects throughout the year,” Lloyd said. “Boxes of Love is our big community service project. We will fill up boxes with food, and they will go home with students at the school over the weekend who are in need.”

Though recruitment is just beginning, Lloyd said she expects about 50 to 75 students to sign up.

Any student at Central is eligible to join, as are  students 12 or older in middle school.

“We’re just about to kick-start recruitment in a couple of weeks with the freshman festival to get them involved,” she said. “They get to help be the leaders of Interact and set the tone for years to come.”

The club has existed at Central in the past, just not for the last few years, she said, “so I’m excited for it to start again.”

Lloyd, who just began her fifth year at Central as a family consumer science teacher, said she has always loved participating in community service projects. Growing up, her father was a Rotarian.

“I’m from another county, so I wanted to get involved in Forsyth,” she said. “It brings everybody together. You have one goal, one project to focus on. Because if everybody is working against each other, nothing is going to get accomplished. But if you’re working together then bigger things can happen.”

D. Alan Smith, Rotary District 6910 governor, hailed the club’s formation.

“One of the greatest organizations that unfortunately most people do not know about is Interact,” he said. “We sometimes look at our youth as our future. They’re not. They’re our present.”