Rotary Interact To Clean Up LA Mountain

Rotary Interact students organize their first fundraiser to benefit community service projects by cleaning up LA Mountain. Courtesy photo


One of our community’s newest clubs for youth, Rotary Interact, with membership open to students in grades 9-12, is organizing its first fundraiser to benefit community service projects by cleaning up LA Mountain. 

In addition to writing a matching grant through Rotary District 5520 to fund service projects, the Interact students will clear trash two Saturday mornings in June from the familiar mountain which once bore LA in large painted letters. With permission from the US Forest Service, which no longer allows the practice of painting the letters, the Interactors will remove decades of litter left behind on the mountain–heaps of empty paint cans, bucket lids, old paint brushes, and other rubbish.

The fundraiser’s success depends upon sponsorships from Los Alamos citizens for the collection and disposal of trash gathered. The students’ goal is $2,000. The Clean-Up dates are 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 18 and 25.

To make a pledge or to make a donation directly or to learn more about the clean-up and about joining Interact, please contact Nic Gonzales ( or Faith Koh (, 505.662.1692, Interact President 2016-17. 

Donations will be collected the week following the clean-up through Thursday, June 30. Rotarians LeAnne Parsons and Ian Foti-Landis are co-chairs from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

The County Eco Center has already donated 50 pairs of work gloves and 50 garbage bags to this project. The students urge you to join them: “Let’s make L.A. Mountain beautiful once more!”