Members or Wenatchee High School's Interact Club have built a reputation for achieving extraordinary goals, so don't bet against them in their quest to earn a guest appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show to try to make a global impact by improving access to clean water in Africa.
They are attempting to network with 100 schools from across the country to raise $1,000 each for the Ryan's Well Foundation, a nonprofit inspired by the work of a 7-year-old boy. The foundation has helped build more than 800 water projects more than 1,000 latrines since 2001.
To spread the word, they're trying to earn a spot on the television show and have created a video to promote their plan. Here's a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOcQoXfCHU0. "As just Wenatchee High School, we can make a chance if we set our minds to it," according to Chandler Engel, the club's president. "However, if we become a network of high schools that act together, we become something greater. There is unlimited power when people rally together around a cause."
They've engaged the entire school in the effort, arranging for students to vote on the show's Facebook page and sending letters promoting their cause. To support the effort, Engel recommends that readers go to the Ellen website, click on the ideas for a program tab, and provide the support necessary to get on the Ellen Degeneres show. They also can share the Youtube link on Ellen's Facebook page, post the link on their own page and ask their friends to repost it. If those directions seem complicated, I'd suggest finding a teenager and having them help out.
Oh, and by the way the Interact Club is also raising $70,000 locally to fund a Habitat for Humanity project. Not bad for a group of high school students. This is the kind of energy, passion and commitment they bring to serving their community and the world.
The club, advised by teacher Jon Magnus, has done amazing work in this valley and across the world. They raised $6,000 to buy adaptive equipment for a fellow student who was vision impaired. They also raise $10,000 for suicide prevention and funded a women's clinic in Mali, to name just a few projects in recent years.
With that kind of a can-do spirit and global vision, these local kids might very well change the world.