Interact Club Welcomes Aurita!

Deme Apostolou, Op-Ed Editor

Who would’ve thought that Manhasset students are literally saving lives internationally from our small school on Long Island? Believe it or not, that is exactly what Interact Club is doing.

Known notoriously for selling Villa Milano’s pizza right after school on Thursdays, the club touches the lives of families from across the globe.  The reason behind the pizza being sold is to raise money for a heart surgery.  Through the program “Gift of Life”, a child is chosen to come to America and receive surgery to cure a life threatening heart condition.  The simple surgery is done for free at St. Francis Hospital and the flights and housing are covered by Manhasset Rotary.  The goal of $5000 raises by Interact for each school year is to cover the cost of the device that is needed to be put in the child’s heart during the surgery.

This money is raised creatively every year by the member of the club.  Of course selling pizza on Thursday raises a good portion of the cost, but that is not all.  This year the club decided to sell Manhasset themed hair ties and car air fresheners, which were a huge hit all over town.  The club’s executive board and other 60 members sold the goodies to students during lunch periods and before school.  You could even find members making announcements to buy the hair ties and air fresheners at half time during the girls and boys varsity basketball games throughout their successful season.

With club advisor, Mrs. Barrera, and president Thomas Santella, the club cannot wait to meet the 7 year old girl, Aurita, that they are saving this year.  Aurita is from Kosovo and will be receiving the surgery in early April. Officers of the club are going to be attending a press conference about the club’s work, meeting with other school’s Interact clubs to share their work, attending the Gift of Life Gala, and even scrubbing in to watch Aurita’s surgery.  Just like the past children the club has saved over the years, they will also be spending time with Aurita by planning fun excursions and showing her around America while she is here.

So next time you are enjoying pizza on Thursdays, remember all the work that the club is doing to change lives.

Keep up the great work, Interact!