BOUNTIFUL – A group of Bountiful teens are reaching out to help people all across the world.
Bountiful High School’s Interact Club is partnering with the Bountiful Rotary to donate $400 worth of Spanish-language books for kids and teens in Mazatlan, Mexico. Rotary members will bring the books down later this month for an unrelated project.
“We chose books that students here thought were interesting and ones that can help children improve their reading skills,” said the Interact Club’s Komal Kaur, citing the Harry Potter series among the books selected.
The group donated $200 of their yearly budget to the project, an amount then matched by Bountiful High Library Media Teacher Trudena Fager. She then ordered the books, which are meant for a wide range of ages and skill levels.
Bountiful Rotary Club member Anne Wiese will bring the books to Mexico March 29, when she leaves with a group from the Murray Rotary Club to work on a senior citizen center in Mazatlan for homeless people. The Bountiful Rotary has been donating to the center for the last few years, and the volunteers are making the trip to help set up the new kitchen in the men’s wing.
“We tried collecting Spanish books to take down with us, but we couldn’t find any,” said Wiese. Those who wish to donate either books or to the senior citizens center should e-mail her at "mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Interact Club is also currently raising funds for Maitri, a San Francisco-based group that helps women in South Asia dealing with problems such as domestic violence, human trafficking and more. Specifically, the club is focusing on helping widows in Vrindavan, India with essentials like food and shelter.
“The Woods Cross Interact Club suggested it, and we decided it was a very interesting project,” said Kaur.
The students have already held a bake sale in relation to the project, and are currently working on other fundraising possibilities. Anyone who would like to donate money to the project should contact Interact Club advisor Jan Wray at 801-628-7102.
“There’s a lot of need,” said Wray. “We could use all the help we could get.”