Rotary Interact Students are Caring and Sharing
Many members of the Houghton Lake High School Rotary Interact Club completed their first sorting session of items collected through their community-wide Hygiene Awareness Collection Project that spanned February 9 - March 9.
The project focused on health and disease prevention, which is one of the seven focus areas of Rotary International. Interact students help others improve health, hygiene care, self-esteem by providing 14 boxes of products for those who may otherwise not have access to them. 
Interact students collected a wide variety of hygiene products to help meet the needs of students at Collins Elementary School and at Houghton Lake Jr./Sr. High School via the Comfort Closet. To meet a need in El Salvador, students also collected tennis shoes. 
The following school offices and businesses served as drop-off locations for items through decorated boxes placed at these locations:
  • Houghton Lake Jr/Sr High School
  • Collins Elementary School 
  • Buccilli’s Pizza  
  • Diebold Insurance Agency
  • Healthies 
  • Houghton Lake Family Dentistry
  • MidMichigan Health Park-Houghton Lake
  • Houghton Lake SBHC 
  • Kabinetree Koncepts 
  • Kiss Me Coffee 
  • Kneading Nirvana Massage 
  • Posie Patch
  • Randy’s Family Restaurant
  • Regal Nails
  • Soulshine Soap & Skin
The 34 member club, which meets twice monthly, adopted the idea of the project last fall. A committee of six worked to research options and lead the club to take the appropriate steps to carry it out. Boxes were dispersed at area businesses and Houghton Lake Community School offices, with flyers depicting suggestions of “item wishes” for those whom the student-lead club decided they would most like to assist through the project. Information was shared in the Houghton Lake Community School’s daily announcements and home calls, through emails and other forms of social media, and through the assistance of the Houghton Lake Resorter and the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake.
Members of the club appreciate all involved, who helped this project become a huge success.
Also, please note that, during Spring Break, four Interact members are traveling to El Salvador to build much needed shelter.