I recently travelled to Poughkeepsie, New York to give a presentation to a group of students who are members of the Rotary International Interact Club of Dutchess County BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Service).Â The Interact program is Rotary Internationalâ€™s service club for young people ages 12 to 18.Â Each year, the Interact students pick an international project to support, and this year they chose UNICEFâ€™s School-in-a-Box.Â
After a warm introduction from the principal, the Interact district advisor and the student president, I gave a presentation on UNICEF School-in-a-Box, while also highlighting the U.S. Fund for UNICEFâ€™s longstanding partnership with Rotary International. I talked about the impact that School-in-a-Box has had all over the world, and shared photos and stories about the School-in-a-Box kits used in Pakistan, Haiti and beyond.Â Following the presentation there was a Q & A, and I was extremely impressed by the thoughtful questions that were raised by the group of 12 to 15 year olds!
The staff and students were appreciative that I made the trip to their school and are excited to raise funds over the next several months. As I took the train back from Poughkeepsie, I thought about how grateful I was to have had the opportunity to meet with this amazing group of kids who are so dedicated to helpingÂ children in other countries. It was truly inspiring!