Abi Winn from The South Leeds Academy has been in touch with news of the school’s Interact Club.
Last week saw The South Leeds Academy welcome the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, along with various Rotarians from Leeds Rotary Club to the student Interact Club’s official charter event. For those who aren’t familiar with Interact Clubs, they are youth clubs sponsored by individual Rotary Clubs, where students complete various projects within their local community and with their peers whilst raising funds for nominated charities.
The South Leeds Academy Interact Club formed towards the back end of the last academic year and started to gain real momentum at the start of term in September. Students have organised numerous events within the Academy and community and have raised in excess of £550 for their nominated charity LOFFTY.
LOFFTY (Leeds Offers Fun for the Young) is the Lord Mayor’s charity and the students chose this charity as it fits in well with the club’s motto of “they smile, we smile”. By raising funds for LOFFTY the students realised that they would get to see the benefits for their peers within the local community and the Academy, as the charity gives back to young people in Leeds.
Whilst organising the various fund raising events, the students were also planning and organising their official charter event, where they would receive their Interact badges and the President and Vice President of the club would receive their medallions in becoming an official club. The students took great honour in presenting their hard work and providing performances for their prestigious guests and were lucky enough to receive some very generous donations from the Rotarians and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to help with their future events.
The event was a real success and highlighted the drive and determination of The South Leeds Academy students in making a difference in their local community.