Dance raises funds for Backpack Buddies


Swanton Interact President Mikayla Rochelle, and Treasurer Tanner Callicotte, present a check for $1,206.15 to Swanton Elementary teacher and Backpack Buddies volunteer Chris Elliott.

Swanton Interact President Mikayla Rochelle, and Treasurer Tanner Callicotte, present a check for $1,206.15 to Swanton Elementary teacher and Backpack Buddies volunteer Chris Elliott.


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The Swanton Chapter of Interact held a Father-Daughter dance on March 9 at Swanton Elementary School. The dance served as a fundraiser for the group to generate monies to help with Backpack Buddies.

The group saw a $900 profit for its efforts. Swanton Rotary, the sponsoring organization of Interact, kicked in an additional $300, bringing the total donation presented to Backpack Buddies over $1,200.

Backpack Buddies is a program managed by Swanton Schools to send backpacks filled with food home with students every Friday to help supplement weekend meals.

“We know that children who are hungry must have that need met before they can be expected to learn and grow in the classroom,” Swanton Elementary teacher and Backpack Buddies Volunteer Chris Elliott said. “Backpack Buddies helps meet that need. Interact’s donation is greatly appreciated and will help provide many weekend meals for Swanton families.”

“Our members were very proud to put on the dance. Not only did we provide a fun, memorable night for little girls and their dads, we also were able to raise funds that will go a long way to help the Backpack Buddies program,” said Mikayla Rochelle, Swanton High School senior and Interact President.

Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people that gives them an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends. Swanton Interact has 33 members and participates in numerous service projects throughout the community.

Swanton Interact President Mikayla Rochelle, and Treasurer Tanner Callicotte, present a check for $1,206.15 to Swanton Elementary teacher and Backpack Buddies volunteer Chris Elliott.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/04/web1_29468735_1667381970007900_5536286455988486144_n201841224419788.jpgSwanton Interact President Mikayla Rochelle, and Treasurer Tanner Callicotte, present a check for $1,206.15 to Swanton Elementary teacher and Backpack Buddies volunteer Chris Elliott. Submitted photo