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Pictured here from left to right are: Front- Interact Vice President Gabrielle Fontenot, Interact Historian Katherine Brown, Senior Interactor Madison Fontenot, Interact Coordinator Kimberly Lejeune, Rotarian Jimmy LeBlanc, Interact President Darrelyn Lachney, and Junior Interactor Catherine Bergeron. In the back is Rotary President Wayne Vidrine. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Sacred Heart Interact Club shares experiences of the school year with the Ville Platte Rotary Club

Members of the Sacred Heart Interact Club and their coordinator Kimberly Lejeune visited this week’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club and shared their favorite projects and their experiences from this year’s convention.
Lejeune told the Rotary Club that she has 72 members this year at Sacred Heart and that they have participated in projects such as cleaning the Prayer Garden in front of school every month and playing bingo at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. Another project is Hearts for Haiti, which is the club’s international project that is done with the school.
Speaking of the prayer garden, Lejeune said, “We are selling prayer garden bricks that can still be ordered through the school in memory of or in honor of someone.” She added, “The school purchased a brick in memory of Coach Dutton Wall that has his years of service at SHS from 2002 to 2010, and this is the first time ever that we use the crest on a brick.”
Lejeune then shared that her club’s favorite project this year was helping Austin Stelly from Arnaudville to get a robotic arm. “He touched all of our lives when we heard his story and met him,” she said. “After all the fundraisers from Dreams Come True and our donation along with yours, Austin will get his arm. He came to school, and he touched all of us. It was worth it to help him.”
The coordinator went over a run down of her club’s accomplishments at this year’s District Interact Convention where the club won three trophies.
One trophy was for a second place tie in overall points for the whole convention.
Another was for the club T-Shirts that were designed by Katherine Brown, who stated, “Convention was really fun because it allows people to see how much of a difference it is to get involved in our community.”
The third trophy went to Gabrielle Fontenot for being named Interactor of the Year. “To be named Interactor of the Year, I had to do an essay, resume, and interview at convention,” she stated. “And, my favorite activity this year was volunteering at the nursing home.”
The club, behind the efforts of senior member Madison Fontenot, put together a globe scrapbook for this year’s convention. The globe opens up and spins around to the bottom exposing items in the scrapbook. “I had fun working on the scrapbook because it was paper mache,” she said. “It was really messy, and I got creative with it. My favorite project was doing the penny wars because the whole school got involved, and it was nice getting a picture of the family we built a house for.”
The club for the convention also worked on a banner that was designed by junior Catherine Bergeron. “My favorite part of Interact was making the banner for convention because there you can see how every school has its own take on what Interact means to them.”
Interact Club President Darrelyn Lachney also expressed, “My favorite thing about Interact is coming together with the community. And, whenever we go to convention, we can see how everyone contributes to their community. I think that’s awesome.”

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