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R-MA Middle School Interact Club to Make Front Royal Mayor an Honorary Member

On Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm, the officers of the Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School Interact Club will attend the Front Royal Town Council meeting to present Front Royal Mayor Timothy Darr with a T-shirt and an honorary membership in the R-MA Middle School Interact Club. 

“Mayor Darr has been extremely supportive of our club,” explained the Interact Club’s advisor, Michael Williams. “He has helped us with community service projects such as roadside clean-ups. That sends a great message to our students, that the mayor of our town would go out and pick up trash alongside them. Mayor Darr has also come to speak to our students and written us a letter of support for the Governor’s Award for Community Service. He has become part of our club already; we just want to make it official.” 

The membership and Interact Club T-shirt will be presented by Interact Club President Aman Atwal of Springfield and Vice President Alan Williams of Front Royal. Both are seventh grade students at Randolph-Macon Academy. They may be joined by the Club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, eighth grader Ishmael Bobbitt of Fairfax, and Club Treasurer seventh grader Josiah Herring of Linden, if their schedules permit. 

The R-MA Middle School Interact Club is sponsored by Linden Rotary. Since their charter in November of 2011, the Club has raised over $7,000 for local, regional, and international charities. Their projects over the last year have included the roadside clean-up, gleaning, collecting coats and food for the Salvation Army, serving meals at Tuesday’s Table (formerly called “My Brother’s Table”) and teaching chess to elementary school students. The funds they have raised have gone to a variety of causes, from hand-washing stations to fight Ebola (through Browntown-based Liberian Orphan Educational Project) to a local family dealing with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. They are about to complete a “Penny Wars” competition to raise money for Linden Rotary’s efforts to bring in a Stop Hunger Now truck. 

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.

This press release was updated on 2/10/15, as the presentation was postponed from 2/9 to 2/23.