November 24, 2017

FC Barcelona’s Shaky Future -

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gordon Hayward Injured -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mrs. Tribuzi, Dance Teacher Extraordinaire -

Monday, October 30, 2017

theSkimm: The Millennial Generation of News -

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cross Country Runs into the 2017 Season -

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Should You Attend the Women’s Marches? -

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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.


“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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