Earth Day plant a tree
On Tuesday, April 22, following the Interact club meeting, members will plant a White Oak tree on the grounds at Belleville West.  Mr. Lombardi will be supervising the planting of the Illinois State tree outside the library, in celebration of Earth Day.  Funds to purchase the tree were raised from volunteering at the St. Clair County Teachers Institute.
On Saturday, March 29 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Interact members will be selling hot dogs, brats, chips, drinks, and candy at Belleville West High School.  Funds raised will be donated to Heifer International, to help people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.  Key Club members will be hosting a blood drive and car wash, weather permitting. 

RYLA logo

RYLA District 6510 information
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  (RYLA) is an exciting and fun-filled 3-day camp that helps young adults develop leadership and team-building skills, and increase self-confidence, while making new friends.  The next Super RYLA! will be held August 1-3, 2008.  Check out the RYLA flier Special thanks to the Belleville Rotary for supporting Interact by sponsoring attendance to RYLA.
St. Clair County Teachers Institute
On Friday, April 4, from 7:30-11:00 AM, Interact members helped the ROE as guides for program presenters and teachers and also by providing refreshments.  Funds raised will be used to purchase a White Oak tree that will be planted on the grounds at Belleville West, to celebrate Earth Day. 
Day Out for the Homeless
On Friday, October 5 from 6:00 AM - noon, Interact members and Key Club members collected donations of food, clothing, blankets and money for homeless shelters in the area.  Even though they had the day off school, they volunteered their time to help others in need.  Donated jeans and sheets will be used to make sleeping bags for homeless.
Swansea Kingdom  
Help build a new children's playground in Swansea from October 10-14.  Work a shift after school or on the weekend.  If you cannot work, please donate food, drink or tools. Volunteer forms can be picked up at the Interact meeting. 
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month
Volunteers are needed to collect donations for purple ribbons during lunch hours the week of October 15-20. 
Youth Symposium
On Saturday, October 20, Interact members have the opportunity to attend an all day symposium in Mt. Vernon.  This great opportunity, for a cost of only $5, includes breakfast, lunch, and featured Tony Calabreese, team-building expert, with "Rotary Shares and Much More." Interactors from Rotary District 6510 will learn about building winning teams for tomorrow while meeting other young adults.  
Sleeping Bags for Homeless
Interact members continued working on our community service project, making sleeping bags from donated items.  Bring in your old jeans, men's ties, blankets, and sheets (used, but in good condition) and get involved in the project. Everyone's help is needed.  Bring scissors to cut fabric and let us know if you can sew. Help make someone's winter a little warmer.

Sleeping Bag Project

Learning from the Masters Bob Hardy supervising the sleeping bag project.
Rotary Travel & Adventure Film Series
Support the Belleville Rotary by purchasing tickets for the films. 
BW Library Hosts a Scholastic Book Fair
Tuesday-Friday, November 27-30, Interact members helped the BW Library staff run a Scholastic Book Fair during all lunch hours.  The volunteers helped make the book fair a great success for the second year.
With your help, we topped over $1,000 worth of books that was purchased for the BW Library's collection last year. 

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