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Middle Township High School Interact Club Donates Thanksgiving Turkeys to Local Families in Need

Nov 22, 2023

With the help of local community and school organizations, 25 turkeys were donated 

Three Middle Township School Teachers and Staff standing holding thanksgiving donations like a turkey and other food

MTHS Interact Club advisor John Leahy, school nurse Tammy Graff, and support staff/Armed Guard Frank Smyth holding donations for MTHS families.

Cape May Court House, NJ – Twenty-five Middle Township School District (MTSD) families received a special holiday donation thanks to volunteers from multiple high school clubs and organizations.  

Organized by the Middle Township High School (MTHS) Interact Club along with the help of the Child Student Team, Guidance Department and school nurse Tammy Graff, over two dozen turkeys and totes filled with holiday goodies were donated to families in need. The turkeys were graciously donated by the Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge #1896 in North Wildwood. 

The families who received the dinners were chosen based on the knowledge of the MTHS teachers and staff. Staff members Mark Higginbottom, Valerie Sheets, Frank Smyth, Heidi Von Colln-Hunter and student Ella Leahy packed and transported the totes from the Elks Lodge to the high school. Guidance secretary Becky Gombar contacted the families. 

“This truly was a rewarding team effort,” said Interact Club advisor John Leahy. “The North Wildwood Elks is an amazing organization and group of people. We cannot thank them enough for what they do for all local communities.” 

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Each year, interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Interactors develop a network of friendships with local Interact and has become a worldwide phenomenon. 

“This holiday season has been overwhelming – but in the best way possible,” said MTHS Principal Sharon Rementer. “This is what it’s all about. I have seen countless school organizations come together to give back to our community, whether it’s people they see every day walking through our halls or people they’ve never met before. I’m truly honored and proud to be part of the Middle Township family.”