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Eureka, We Built It!

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What did you do this spring break? Stay home, catch up on sleep, go to Disneyland? The San Mateo High School Interact Club planned an exciting event this April that was both fun and served a community!

SMHS Interactors and Foster City Rotarians went on the SMHS Interact Club Yurok Native American Reservation Trip from April 2 through April 5, where they traveled to the Klamath River Reservation located in Northern California. This trip was the second year that the club installed a playground for the Yurok tribe.

The Yurok Reservation is an economically challenged community with few safe areas for children to play. By installing a playground, this will allow the children at the reservation to enjoy while staying safe. Last year’s playground was extremely popular among the children in the Yurok tribe.

For this trip, SMHS Interactors took a playground structure from Flood Elementary School that is scheduled for demolition but still has residual life. They dismantled the structure piece by piece and then traveled to the reservation to help install the playground.

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“We are fortunate to live in a somewhat affluent community,” stated Greg Kuhl, a Foster City Rotarian who is actively involved in the planning of SMHS Interact Club events and attended last year’s Yurok Native American Reservation Trip. “One of the things we need to teach our kids is to ‘give back’ when they can … you can talk about it all you want, but until you put a shovel to the dirt, you won’t feel the goodwill.”

Mr. Kuhl concluded, “The 27 people that build this playground get that inner warmth that you get when you genuinely help someone. This playground will be in place for many years to come.”

Interactors and Rotarians put a lot of hard work and sweat into making the playground trip possible, but it was definitely worth it.

“The trip was an opportunity to connect with a new culture while simultaneously helping their community. We ended up bruised, sweaty, and sore, but the feeling of accomplishment from building a playground in two days really can’t be beat!” Lauren Hayat, president of the SMHS Interact Club and attendee on this year’s Yurok Native American Reservation Trip, stated.

If you want to make a difference in the community and take part in the next Interact trip, it’s not too late to join the San Mateo High School Interact Club, which meets every Tuesday at lunch in Ms. Kalinski’s room, A220.

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