Giving Back: Centennial High School Interact Club “Austin’s Day”

The Morning Show

Janet Ellis-Nelson, Champaign Rotary/ Interact Liaison, Alyssa Anderson, the Interact Sponsor and Aryssa Harris, Interact Club Treasurer, join the Morning Show for this week’s Giving Back segment and shows us how you can get involved in a Day of Community Service honoring a former Interact member.

“A Day of Community Service in order to honor a former Interact member”. Austin Cloyd was a former Centennial High School student and member of Centennial Interact. In 2007, she was tragically killed in what is now called the “Virginia Tech Massacre”. Austin was a dedicated public servant, and truly cared about making the world and community a better place. In order to honor her memory and keep her spirit alive, our club hosts a “Day of Service” every year in April (her birthday and anniversary of her death are both in April.
Interact Club is a service organization that is sponsored through Rotary. The Club at Centennial is sponsored through the Champaign Rotary. The club is made up of high achieving senior students who are dedicated to service in the community.
This is the 10th annual Austin’s Day. It is really important to the club to keep Austin’s spirit alive. This event is really relatable to students—they can understand how devastating the loss of a friend or classmate would be, they are all about tradition in the club—and this is one that is really meaningful and special.
Student’s are really taking the reins on this project. They make fliers, contact agencies, promote the day, and run everything on the day of! It’s a learning process, but it always comes together.
Is this event family/ friendly for large groups? We love to have families and groups volunteer! If you have questions about appropriate activities, please do not hesitate to contact us. There is a place on the registration form where you can register for large groups.
This year are serving Courage Connection, Unit 4 schools, The Humane society, the Library, and many more places. We look forward to working with all of agencies and serving their needs.
April 29th, 2017 from 9:00-3:30pm. Volunteers can register for any one of three two hour shifts. The shifts are 9:30-11:30, 11:30-1:30, or 1:30-3:30. Volunteers can register early online, or can come the day of.
Volunteers can register to volunteer at The first 150 people to register will get a free Austin’s Day t-shirt. The shirts are a really cool pink color this year—don’t want to miss out.
If agencies have questions about their volunteers, they can contact Alyssa Anderson directly at

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