When Noe helped to deliver all those books and watched as each first- and second-grader chose one to take home, it quickly became her favorite volunteer project.
“We walked in with these big boxes of books, and their faces lit up,” said Camp of Washington Twp., whose parents are Sofie Ameloot and Greg Camp. “They were so cute. Seeing the kids receive the books made it seem more real.”
Another situation that is real is the lack of local clean water supplies for some villagers in Malawi, a landlocked country in southeast Africa. She led the effort to raise $3,000 to install a fresh water pump. The club had a clever way of drawing attention to the problem. Water bottles were sold with the catchphrase: “The World is in Your Hands. Water You Doing?”
“While some students’ participation and dedication wavered, Noe worked consistently,” said Interact advisor Elizabeth Cameron, an English teacher. “When the school year ended and the project was not finished, she took it upon herself to complete the sales during the summer.”
It was Cameron who nudged Camp to join Interact Club in the first place. Camp has had quite a successful run as a volunteer, so Cameron’s time mentoring the young student was not wasted.
“The way she talked about helping people inspired me. Through her, I got connected to the group,” said Camp. “My true goal originally was to make Mrs. Cameron happy. She’s literally the best teacher I’ve ever had. Now I just have a blast volunteering; we have so much fun.”
In addition to the book and water projects, Camp has helped multiple refugee families with bedding and household items, and toys. She has spent time tutoring local refugee students at River’s Edge Montessori School. She also helped homeless teens at Daybreak Dayton, and raised $1,050 for the Artemis Outreach Center.
As if all this isn’t enough, she still has time for the CHS dive team, Varsity B tennis team, and the French Club. She plans to major in education at Ohio University this fall.
Her teacher inspired her, and now she wants to be a teacher herself. She’ll be paying that inspiration forward.
Contact this contributing writer at PamDillon@woh.rr.com.