8:25am I found myself behind a steering wheel latte in hand headed to Judge for the day. When I mean day I literally mean day. As in from 8:30am until 11:00pm. As I walked through the cafeteria doors I prepared myself for what was going to be the longest, most boring day of my life. As I started working on chopping ingredients and talking to kids as they stopped by to help out I realized that the hours were flying by and before I knew it it was lunchtime. I was having a great time collaborating with people that I have never talked to and mostly juniors who were by far some of the most hardworking and responsible people I had ever met. I realized that were all working to achieve the same goal. To prepare the food for tonight and we were all determined to work hard and to listen to the head chef, Zane.
Working in the kitchen all day proved to be one of the most rewarding jobs I have accomplished. By working so hard and knowing that we were the only ones who could prepare the food we realized that there were always jobs to be done and we were kept busy. Zane has to be one of the best people out there for this job. No adults cooked or prepared the food and he literally ran around like a mad man telling people what to do, checking to make sure everything was being prepared correctly and making sure we were on time. By the time the event had started the food had actually been completed and as we walked the dishes back and forth between the dance studio and the cafeteria in high heels and our nicest outfits I felt that through our huge collaboration of students working hard we had pulled off an amazing event.
Interact this year prepared the dinner to raise money to buy bins for A Child's Way Home. The bins would collect clothes that would then be sent to Romania. In Romania they would have a store where kids would sell the clothes and therefore the teenagers could make money by working and the people in Romania would have a place to buy cheap clothes. We pledged 25,000 dollars this year and Leslie Corbett and Mercia did a wonderful job selling tickets although it felt like it was an event bought out by their contacts instead of the Judge Community which I did not like.