Paint your pinkie purple for Polio Awareness

On Oct. 24, Norfolk Collegiate’s Interact Club participated in a day of service and international giving to build awareness of the poliovirus and vaccine.

Polio Day 2015 created an avenue for our students to increase knowledge of the virus and vaccine available in the United States and around the world.

“Our students participated in a global project to help individuals both near and far,” said Loli Marshall, the club’s advisor.

The Interact club raised over $160 dollars and plans to divide the proceeds between Pedal2Prosperity, a program that  provides bicycles to help orphaned girls in India who have to walk up to six miles to school, and the PolioPlus program, which is the high school level rotary committee's Purple Pinkie fund.

"The reason we raised money for the two organizations is because we are a club that tries to complete global service projects in order to raise international understanding," Michaela Morrow Foster, Interact Club president. 

“One thing that I learned is, if you’ve had a polio vaccine at a young age and are now over 40 years old, you’ll need to get a booster shoot because the old vaccine has worn off,” said Marshall.

Students, parents and grandparents contributed to the club’s awareness fund and donors had the opportunity to paint their pinkie nail purple in honor of Polio Day awareness.  

“Painting the nail purple really got our message across,” said Michaela. “When a child is vaccinated, they place a purple sticker on their little finger, which is why we thought the purple nail would be a meaningful addition.”

To learn more about the Interact Club, please contact Loli Marshall at


Nov. 5, 2015