Planting the Seeds of Service (Sept. 6, 2013)
Rhinebeck Interact, a Rotary-sponsored high-school service organization, provides hands-on support in Nicaragua, building classrooms in that Central American nation during Rhinebeck school breaks. Two New York Rhinebeck High School students in Interact, Addie Crenshaw and Emily McGettrick, epitomize our next generation of humanitarians as they discuss how, working in the co-operation with a Nicaragua Rotary Club, they use “rebar” to reinforce structures, implement water systems, lay bricks, mix cement for a foundation, and do much, much more. On their trip south to Nicaragua, they fill their baggage with shoes (shoes are a requirement to attend school in Nicaragua. Rhinebeck Interact also supports several projects in the Hudson Valley, such as local soup kitchens, and they implement various fundraising activities for these projects.