Teens do good things

Putnam - posted Feb, 22 2013

PUTNAM- Putnam Interact Club teens have been organizing and staffing the Salvation Army Kettle campaign each Christmas season since 1996. From the day after Thanksgiving, the five Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Christmas Eve, 29 members of the Interact club organized the manning of seven kettles placed at business locations in the Putnam area. The total amount raised was $18,062.04 which constituted the second largest amount raised statewide. The money raised is used for families in the greater Putnam area. A total of 194 teens volunteered over the seven-day campaign for 930 hours of volunteer time. The top volunteer hour awards went to: College: Dan Baker, QVCC, 24 hours; High School: Jamie Barrette, MPS, 60 hours; High School: Kyle Beauregard, MPS, 57 hours; Middle School: Jaidyn Gillette, Putnam Middle, 9 hours. The Interact Club’s 4th Annual Ring-A-Ding Challenge, where nine area schools, home-schoolers, and some college students are challenged to recruit volunteers, was won by Putnam Science Academy for a total of 324 volunteer hours. The traveling trophy and banner, along with an engraved plaque were awarded to the school at annual pizza party on Jan.31. Marianapolis, last year’s winner, was second with 270 volunteer hours.

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