Members of 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 and 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 — tinyurl.com/whsellen — to promote their plan.
“As just Wenatchee High School, we can make a change 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, readers are invited to visit the Wenatchee High School web page and click on the “Help us get on Ellen Show” link. They can also click on the “Email Ellen” link and fill in the blanks and in the “Tell us your story” section paste in the video link and ask Ellen to give the Interact Club a national platform.
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 raised $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.