Webb School Interact Club holds fundraiser for wildfire relief

KNOXVILLE — Devoted to its ideal of putting “service above self,” Webb School of Knoxville’s Interact Club recently spearheaded an on-campus fundraiser to collect money to support Rotary Clubs of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in their wildfire relief efforts in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Over the course of two days, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, Webb Lower, Middle and Upper schools students, faculty, staff and families donated more than $2,750.

The Webb Interactors encouraged all students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade to donate $1 or more, and set up bins in Webb’s Lower, Middle and Upper schools for students, faculty, staff and families to make their donations. They also worked with the school’s division heads in spreading the word about the two-day fundraiser.

Webb junior and Interact president Kalina Scarbrough said she was inspired by the outpouring of support from the Webb community.

“I am so grateful to be part of a community where, in two days, we came together and raised over $2,700 for our neighbors in the Smokies, who urgently need help,” Scarbrough said.

More than 30 Upper School students are members of Webb’s Interact Club, which is a part of Webb School’s community service programming and emphasis on global citizenship. Interact is the high school arm of Rotary International, which promotes Rotary’s motto, “service above self,” by encouraging participation in service projects in the community.