The Rockford High School Interact Club members have been traveling to Batey 106 just outside of La Romana, where families of sugar cane workers live, in the Dominican for eight years. They started by providing clean water to the residents.  RHS Interact purchased and installed biosand water filters for homes in the batey and saw a drastic drop in waterborne medical issues.  The Interact club then moved on to solve the sanitation issue in Batey 106 by building two latrines and a trash collection bin.

After tackling water and sanitation, the Interact club asked the people of Batey 106 what would improve their lives. The sugar cane cutters wanted a school so that their children could receive a good education and not spend their lives in poverty cutting sugar cane.

Building on an island is expensive, so RHS Interact reached out to other Interact clubs and were joined by the Lakeshore, Kenowa Hills, Eaton Rapids, and Saugatuck clubs.  Together they have been successful in building the school through the fourth grade. This year, the students have set a goal of raising $60,900 to build two additional rooms onto the school, which will allow students to attend through the 8th grade.

The Interact club is planning countless fundraisers this year, including a Noodles and Company dinner on October 24th, Breakfast with Santa on December 15th, and a Three Minute Shopping Spree raffle at Ric’s Food Center in January.

You can donate simply by searching Rockford Interact on GoFundMe, or go to this link: https://www.gofundme.com/rhs039-dominican-republic-scho.  Any questions can be directed to Kelly Gardner, RHS Interact advisor, at kgardner@rockfordschools.org.