Polk County High students paint pinkies to help polio fight

The Polk County High School Interact Club marked World Polio Day with a Purple Pinkies for Polio project during lunch periods.

Students could donate a dollar to have their pinky nail painted purple, although some students chose to donate more money to have multiple nails painted.

Students’ nails were painted purple as a representation of what actually happens in countries where vaccinations are scarce. In those countries, a child’s pinky finger is dipped in purple dye to show that he or she has been vaccinated.

The club, sponsored by Lori Connet, raised $276.37, which was then sent to Rotary International to assist that organization in its polio eradication project.