An Oyster Bay High School senior with a passion for community service has helped those in need both locally and around the globe.
Alyse Gordon, 17, has volunteered for an array of local service projects in recent years through her school's Interact Club. She also has traveled to Cambodia, Costa Rica and Tanzania for efforts ranging from teaching English to helping construct schools.
"It's the most incredible feeling you'll get," Gordon said of community service. "When you help people in need, you will always be a part of them."
During the summer, Gordon volunteered at a day care in Cambodia through the organization International Volunteer HQ. In the two previous years, she traveled to Tanzania and Costa Rica through the organization Global Roots, helping build school bathrooms and classrooms and teaching English.
Interact's efforts have included taking 20 Glen Cove children from needy families on shopping trips at a Target last school year, using money collected from club fundraisers. The club is coordinating Thanksgiving food baskets for about 10 local families in need.
Gordon is co-president of the Interact Club and a member of the National Honor Society.