Submitted by Ralph Hammond:
The Interact Club at Bedford TV held its first meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 29.
The Interact Club at Bedford TV is a Rotary Club for students in grade 3-8 who aim to give back to the community with the motto of “Service Above Self.”
While there is an Interact Club at Bedford High School, this club is for elementary and middle schoolers to use their unique perspectives as kids to address the needs of the community. The club is also run by the youth of this community with Swetha Kaundinya (11th grade) serving as Director and Sachi Regmi (11th grade) as Assistant Director.
Just within 45 minutes of the meeting, the members of the club demonstrated the importance of having an outlet for young students to contribute to the community. Along with Swetha, Sachi, and Advisor Ralph Hammond, the members (including four elementary students and six middle school students) discussed the issues impacting the community, specifically the ones that uniquely affect them.
The club provides students with an option to focus on either local concerns or broader global issues. Some local issues mentioned were: expired milk at school lunches, the lack of awareness of club sports teams at the elementary and middle school levels, and a need for teacher appreciation. Some broader issues brought up were the environmental crisis and the need for an access to education for kids worldwide.
The next three meetings will be at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, and at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7. All meetings are held at the Old Town Hall at 16 South Rd., Bedford.
If you are a third-through-eighth grade student who wants to make a difference in the community, please reach out to Ralph Hammond at [email protected].