BY CASEY MENTEN
Members of the Interact club held a “Polaroids for Polio” event during all four lunches to raise money to help fight polio on Oct. 30. “Polaroids for Polio” allowed each student to donate a dollar in exchange for a Polaroid picture.
“I think ‘Polaroids for Polio’ really catches people’s attention so you can get a good memory. It is good for an organization and it is out of your normal territory,” senior Ariana Serrano, historian of Interact, said. “It is just mutually beneficial.”
The goal of “Polaroids for Polio” is to raise money for research to eliminate polio around the world. With every dollar, two vaccinations are provided to someone in need.
“This idea is extremely successful, and we are hoping to expand it to other schools,” sponsor of Interact Brandon Boswell said. “By donating, the kids can help out a lot.”
The club raised $70 and Serrano said she considers this a success. Interact plans on doing this event again next year.
“We wanted to bring it back this year hoping to create more funds to give to Rotary [ Interact’s country-wide sponsor],” Serrano said. “Honestly we’re just happy to raise as much as we can raise. We hope to promote more next year.”
Serrano said it was a long process to plan the event. However, in the end, she said it was worth it.
“We had to first get project approval, and then we moved on to creating signs to grab people’s attention,” Serrano said. “After getting all the supplies for the event we were finished.”
Along with getting a picture, students also received an insight on the polio disease.
“Before, I wasn’t really aware what exactly polio was, and honestly, I didn’t really care,” freshman Mariel Pulido said. “I just wanted a picture with my friend. But when I spoke to the officers of the club I realized how big of an issue polio is, and that we can help do something about it.”
Mr. Boswell said he is proud of the “Polaroids for Polio” campaign, because it will make a difference in the long run to end polio.
“Although the kids don’t understand that they are supporting polio, they really are,” Mr. Boswell said. “Indirectly, it’s a kind of win-win [scenario].”