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EASTERN Business and Technology Professional Student Inspires with Sense of Volunteerism and Community

TaylorEastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) celebrates students who embody service beyond self and strive to implement changes to make the world a better place. Today, we recognize Taylor Schulz from EASTERN’s Business and Technology Professional program for her work with Springfield Township High School’s Interact Club.  Interact members improve the local community and foster international understanding of social issues through outreach programs, fundraising, and education.

Taylor has always felt a strong sense of volunteerism, and greatly enjoyed that aspect of being a Girl Scout for five years. On top of maintaining outstanding grades both at EASTERN and Springfield Township High School, Taylor also works part-time as an Office Assistant at Ally Service Co. and is involved in softball, swimming, water polo Drama and Stage Crew.  Still, she was looking for a way to help our local community through a school club. She joined the Interact Club in September of 2021 and immediately knew this was the right fit for her, as one of the first tasks the group embarked on was making care packages and thank you notes for nurses during the heart of the pandemic. Throughout the year, they also conducted highway and park cleanup. 

“I enjoy working toward goals and the feeling of helping others,” said Taylor. “There is a certain sense of calm that comes with volunteering and serving in the community.  Interact is a great and inclusive club of students and faculty advisors who work well together to plan and execute volunteer opportunities and fundraisers.”

“Taylor inspires students in my classroom to work hard and be professional,” said Mrs. Erin Derby, EASTERN’s Business and Technology Professional Instructor.  “Her sense of dedication and volunteerism is admirable.  I am very proud of her efforts in the classroom and in the community.”

The next activity the Interact Club will begin working on is a collection for Mitzvah Circle. Mitzvah Circle was created to fill the gaps, and to provide items that are not covered by government assistance. Clothing, toothpaste, diapers, and deodorant are items that people need every single day, but not all can afford to buy. Taylor is looking forward to this fundraiser because she is a School-Wide SkillsUSA Officer at EASTERN and has run many fundraisers for EASTERN through her Business and Technology Professional Program.  “I hope that the organizational and fundraising skills I have refined through my Business and Technology Professional class will help with the Mitzvah Circle collection,” said Taylor.  I want to be part of the solution.”