Congratulations to the 2022 Groves Birmingham Rotary Community Service Scholarship Recipients!
Dylan Brown is a Groves Senior who plans to attend the University of Michigan. Early on freshman year, Dylan was recruited to join Interact by his friend and now fellow Co-President, Evann Oleshansky. Dylan attended one meeting and then decided he loved the work and sense of community within the club. From that point on, Dylan has participated as a member for the last four years. He is now serving as Co-President. During his time at Groves, Dylan has been extremely involved in giving back to his school and community. As a member of the Groves Student Congress, Dylan has helped to coordinate events and support the students on our campus. Dylan is also involved in LINKS, and is President of the Groves Student Ambassador program which helps to welcome new students to the building. He able to reach out to his peers and help them feel welcomed and included. Additionally, for Dylan’s Eagle Scout Project, he worked with the Motor City Mitten Mission to collect for the homeless community. Despite his collection being during the beginning of the pandemic, Dylan was able to help collect 88 bikes and provide 300 sandwiches to the Motor City Mitten Mission where he helped to distribute them.
Unlike many teenagers who took time to enjoy being out of the classroom during the pandemic, Clarice Kim decided to reach out and offer free tutoring to those in her area. She put an ad on Next Door offering her services and was able to connect with students in need of virtual math tutoring. Aside from this great initiative, Clarice has gone above and beyond to help her peers at Groves. As President of the Groves Women’s Empowerment Club, Clarice helped to lead efforts to supply bathrooms with feminine hygiene products free to all students. She also serves as an Honors Orchestra Mentor helping middle school students with their music and is a member of the Youth Action Board through the Birmingham Bloomfield Coalition where she helps to promote a substance-free lifestyle to teens and methods to improve mental health. Clarice plans to attend the University of Chicago in the fall, and we wish her all the best.
Evann Oleshansky has been an active member of Interact Club since her Freshman year. Since her time as a freshman, Evann served as Vice President for two years, and is now one of Groves’ Co-Presidents. Evann is kind and responsible. She understands the need for service work and the importance of giving to the community. In addition to being involved with Interact Club, Evann is the current President of the Youth Action Board through the Birmingham Bloomfield Coalition where she helps organize community events, and meets with community members to discuss topics regarding the youth in our community. Evann’s service continues through her involvement with LINKS, and HuGGs, the Non-Profit that she Co-founded to help the homeless population and shelters for teen mothers. Over the course of her time at Groves, Evann has logged almost 400 hours of service hours. We are so proud of all of Evann’s hard work, and know that she will continue to do great things when she attends the University of Michigan in the fall.
Falcons Commit to Serving Others— Love the Work!During their years at Groves, students are encouraged to engage in service learning and community service projects. By becoming involved, students directly experience the benefits of community connection and good citizenship-- specifically the positive effects giving back has on mental and physical health.During their junior or senior years, health class students are asked to complete 10 hours of service during the trimester.Other student organizations and clubs also require or encourage service learning and/or community service commitments, such as our Experiential Learning course, National Honor Society, Groves Student Congress (GSC), Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Student Ambassadors and the Interact Club.Additionally, many independent clubs, programs, classes and athletic teams create their own service projects in relationship to their focus and intent. Some examples are voter registration campaigns, Capstone projects and days of service.Finally, the entire school comes together to support an annual Charity Week filled with service events, fundraising and other efforts as organized by GSC.
Groves Student Congress coordinates many blood drives throughout the year.
Groves Interact Club helps at the Arden Court Memory Care's Mardi Gras celebration.
Mr. VanErman's class was visited by Birmingham City Clerk Officials to discuss new rights for Michigan Voters!
LOVE THE WORK!
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club that gives students an opportunity to participate in fun and meaningful service projects. The Groves Interact Club meets once or twice monthly, usually on Thursday afternoons at school or in the community, depending on the activities planned by a student-led executive board. Interact Club is self-supporting and self-governing, thus encouraging the development of leadership skills.
February 9th, 2023
Link to additional tentative dates can be found here:
Want to join?! Email Mrs. Sak at ESak@birmingham.k12.mi.us for more details
Groves Interact Leadership Board
Mr. Patrick Grady
Groves HS, Class of 1973
Mrs. Liz Sak
Community Service Organizer