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Two Great Causes - One Great Organization
On Tuesday October 22nd several leaders from Porter Ridge High School’s Interact Club helped out two worthy causes. The first was Alex Kahle’s annual golf tournament that took place at Rolling Hills Country Club in Monroe. Our students loaded golf carts, set up and decorated the dining room, and helped Alex’s mom Pat with whatever she needed. Ms. Richert, the Interact sponsor, commented that: “Our students have been participating in this event for the last several years. Our club is rooted in the belief of ‘Service above Self.’ The children in this club have proved over and over that they are willing to serve in whatever capacity our county needs.”
Alex Kahle was a student at Porter Ridge and tragically lost her life in a car accident her senior year. This annual golf tournament raises money to give college scholarships to students who compete in the Carrousel princess competition. Alex was selected to represent PRHS and her mother Pat expressed: “The scholarship is our way of making Alex’s dream come true-we’re helping Alex to continue to make an impact on others…and it’s also a way to remember Alex as well.”
After the students were finished at the tournament they made a trip to Wal-Mart to purchase items for the Children’s Tree House at Monroe’s United Family Services Center. Back in September all the leaders from Interact were given a tour of the Tree House, which serves children of Union County that have been abused. The Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a community based, coordinated response to child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse or witness to violence. The Tree House provides a neutral, child-friendly location for forensic interviews, medical evaluations, advocacy and support for victims and non-offering family members. The United Family Way also collaborates with the law enforcement agencies and helps make the process for children a little bit easier.
Every child who goes through the Tree House is given a blanket that has been handmade, and also the children get to choose gifts. These small consolations offer support and help the children through their process. Many of the children served through the Tree House feel love and caring from the individuals helping through the painful experiences that they should not have to endure. Interact students were able to acquire several things on the Tree House’s wish list and will continue to help with fundraisers and support United Family Services and their efforts.
Written by: Kathleen Richert, Assistant Principal and Interact Sponsor
Posted: Nov 01, 2012 by April Dawkins