The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently enjoyed a year-end update from Fernandina Beach High School Interact Club Treasurer Sarah Stone and Community Co-Directors Nichole Curry and Ashley Reed. This year’s 40 club members worked several local projects, including the Nassau County Public Library fundraiser Pony Up and Party, which raised $14,000 toward completion of the new downtown facility and providing parking assistance during the Shrimp Festival. The club also gathered Christmas gifts to be shipped overseas through the Trees for Troops program as well as Project Christmas Child, which delivers the gifts to orphanages throughout the world. Interact’s two largest fundraisers -- selling Krispy Kreme donuts and working the concession stand during the Harlem Ambassadors game -- netted the club some $875. All of the funds were used toward the club’s annual Kid’s Fun Day Carnival at Central Park where more than 200 children enjoyed free games. The club also donated $150 to the International Children’s Hospital and will work until the end of the school year to raise money for polio eradication through Pirates Ending Polio -- a plinko game played by FBHS students for a dollar donation.


The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club, which has sponsored Interact since its inception at FBHS in 1966, thanked the club’s student advisor, Dawn Karpel, for her 18 years of service and for the positive leadership she has provided over the years to more than 750 members of Interact.