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School’s Interact Club spreads holiday cheer

By ROTARY CLUB - | Jan 20, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Interact Club members Siena Lodwick, Addison Sprecher, Caroline Muddell, Nik Bakos, Kayce Nette and Heidi Hall created holiday cards and gift jars filled with candy canes and tea lights for F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva clients.

The Sanibel School’s Interact Club, sponsored by the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary, wanted to create a gift to be delivered with F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva’s holiday meals to spread a little joy.

The students created cards and jars filled with candy canes and tea lights for F.I.S.H.’s clients.

“I am so very proud of how the kids worked together on this project,” teacher Edna Dykhuizen, the Interact Club’s faculty advisor, said. “I honestly wasn’t sure what their feelings would be, but they were so very excited to be able to work together on something that would be joy to other people.”

“They spent much time searching for just the right project and were so happy to be working on it,” she added. “Their get it done attitude was so very refreshing and joyful. The kids were excited that their creations would brighten other people’s holiday.”

F.I.S.H. volunteers delivered the gifts with the extra holiday spirit on Dec. 24.

PHOTO PROVIDED F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva volunteers Rick Perry, Shirley Schulz and Elaine Parente.

“My husband and I made the east end deliveries,” volunteer Elaine Parente said. “We couldn’t be with our families this year to spend time with them and exchange gifts. Delivering the gifts the school kids made to clients who also couldn’t be with their family really made our holiday extra meaningful.”

Parente and her husband said the clients’ responses included “It’s so nice to be remembered,” “Oh, they’re beautiful,” “It’s a wonderful thing you all do” and “Thank you so much, what a nice surprise.”

“This joint effort by The Sanibel School’s Interact Club, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel and the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club, specifically for members of our Sanibel community, brought tears to many eyes,” Barb Ellis, liaison between the Interact Club and Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club, said.