In 2004, a partnership began between Western North Carolina and Western Panama in Central America. That’s when some local Rotary Clubs and a Rotary Club in Boquete Panama decided make a partnership to help rural schools and their students by providing supplies and doing renovations.
Since then over a ton of supplies, $15,000 in cash, and nearly 3000 hours of labor have been provided by students and adults from this region.
It all culminated in January and February when Kenia Alvarez, a rural school teacher in Panama, visited for a month. She visited local schools, Rotary Clubs, and churches and gave over 50 presentations while at the same time listening and learning from people in this area about ways to help improve her student’s education and lives.
On March 2nd a team of people will depart Asheville Regional Airport bound once again for Chiriqui Province in western Panama. While there they will work on schools, provide medical care, and learn about Panamanian culture.
Franklin High School Interact Club is sending one of its members, Eleanor Brow, as well as providing support for the project. The club is currently collecting school supplies and on Saturday morning, February 25th from 7 – 10 AM they will hold a Pancake Breakfast at Fatz Café located at 107 Sawmill Village Lane in Franklin.
A minimum $7.00 donation is requested. Tickets can be purchased from Interact members, by calling 369-1600, or at the door on Saturday morning.
The proceeds will be used both for the project in Panama as well as local projects here in Macon County. The community is invited to come and interact with some Interactors on Saturday morning and bring a school item or two as well as their appetite.