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Interact Cleanup & Closing Ceremony At Lions Park

Updated: May 8, 2023

Tafuna, American Samoa - The territory’s Interact Clubs held a Clean Up at Lions Park on Saturday May 6, 2023 followed the End-of-Year Closing Ceremony.

Man inside Samoan fale stands and speaks to group of young people wearing orange club shirts.
Rotary District Governor Allan Smith addresses the assembled Interact Clubs

Approximately 60 students were in attendance along with their school advisors plus a dozen members of the Rotary Club of Pago Pago. Honored guests were the visiting Rotary District Governor Allan Smith and Sue Smith.

The clean up yielded nearly 30 garbage bags of trash and numerous items that were thrown into the lagoon. All were gathered for disposal by Department of Parks & Recreations.

After the clean up, the students and Rotarians gathered under a Fale next to the pala lagoon for presentations. The Interact Clubs of Tafuna High School, Manumalo Academy, Leone High School, Pacific Horizons School and Samoana High School presented information about their service projects. Following this, each graduating senior was presented with a certificate and Interact sash to wear at their graduation. Special recognition was then poured on the school advisors with gifts and flower leis.

Pacific Horizons School made this report: "This spring the Pacific Horizons School Interact chapter coordinated a hike and beach cleanup at Fogamaa/Larsons Bay. We focused on collecting microplastic trash that plagues our beaches and aquatic wildlife. By the end of the day we removed 5 full trash bags of litter and left the beach that much cleaner for the next group to enjoy. Additionally, PHS Interact members celebrated teachers and staff during the 2023 Teacher Appreciation Week by decorating their campus with creative posters and kind words of affirmation."

Leone High School reported: "Leone High School Interact participated in the following community projects for the school year 2022-2023.

1. Nuuulii Ocean Road Clean Up

2. On Campus Forestry Program

3. PCSN Network Christmas Party

4. Pala Lagoon Clean Up"

Manumalo Academy reported: "We are the new Rotary Interact Club of Manumalo Academy, and we are proud of the success we have achieved through our various service projects and activities. We have worked hard and dedicated ourselves to making a positive impact in our community. Our collaborations with organizations within our school community have led to charitable and fundraising activities, including gift-giving during Christmas, providing gift certificates to our high school teachers, and organizing an annual cultural food fair fundraising for RHD. We have raised $263.00 through our Cultural Fair Drink Booth in partnership with Manumalo SGA, NHS, and HOSA. We are grateful for the support and hard work of everyone involved in our club, and we are excited to continue our service work in the coming year, building on our achievements and becoming even more organized. We are committed to making a difference in our community and look forward to continuing to work together as a team to achieve our goals."

Afterwards, a sack lunch of tasty muffins, sandwiches and savory meat pies from Margie’s were provided to all in attendance.

The program was peppered with song and dance led by Rotary Interact co-coordinator Faafua Cummings who had the following to say to the gathered Rotarians afterward:

“Fa’afetai lava to all Rotarians for your time today and through out the whole year, your support in all Interact projects is truly appreciated. We closed this year with a heartfelt ceremony of service and fellowship.

Our interactors are amazing and listening to all their projects and the work they’ve been doing within their schools & the community makes all our efforts worthwhile.

We are doing something good. Let’s keep going!

And most of all thank you all for being there.”

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