On November 20, 2012, Diane Padula a science teacher with Irmo High School spoke to the St. Andrews Rotary Club about the school’s Interact and International Baccalaureate programs. The Irmo Interact Club is one of many Rotary-affiliated student organizations focused on teaching 12 to 18 year olds the Rotary creed of service above self.
Ms. Padula serves as the sponsor for the Irmo Interact Club as well as adviser to the school’s International Baccalaureate program. Established at Irmo High School in 2004, the International Baccalaureate program is an internationally recognized program of strenuous college courses that seeks to educate the whole student in academics, art, and culture.
Accompanying Ms. Padula were two Irmo High Students, Margo Town and Ezinne Ogbonna, who are both members of the Interact Club and Senior International Baccalaureate Candidates. Ms. Town spoke of her IB project that helped to organize a team of walkers to participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness Community Walk”, which took place on October 14, 2012. Ms. Ogbonna spoke of her IB project to raise money to distribute 100 bed nets to citizens in Nigeria to help prevent malaria, a disease that kills 3,000 children every day.