This December, Key Clubs in Division 11B collected a total of 287 toy donations for Duke University Children's Hospital's annual Snow Blitz event. Snow Blitz is a function the hospital holds each Christmas season in which the holiday coordinators set up a "store" inside of the building consisting of the donations received. The parents of admitted patients are able to go to this "store" and pick out presents (completely free of charge) for their children to receive for Christmas. The gifts are wrapped up and delivered to the children's' hospital rooms on Christmas morning for the children to wake up to. These Key Clubs worked hard to help make this Christmas the best it could be for the children admitted to Duke University Children's Hospital.
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The Key Clubs of Division 12a gathered together for this festive service project in their town's Christmas parade! These Key Club members walked with the Holly Spring Kiwanis Club in the Parade, spreading the message of service and philanthropy that the Kiwanis family is known for.
Every year, Avery High School participates in an event called 'Empty Bowls'. Empty Bowls is an amazing event that brings both high schoolers, art, and service together to serve a wonderful cause! All the art classes in our high school take two days to make as many beautiful bowls as they can! Last year, I got to participate in the bowl making process. Our goal is to make bowls that are beautiful, or quirky, or interesting so people coming to the Empty Bowls service event later can bid on them. These bowls are then fired in the kiln, glazed, re-fired, and donated to Feeding Avery Families. After this, local churches and community members alike will donate drinks, food, desserts, bread but most importantly...soup! Typically this event is held in the fall or winter at a local well known church or country club. Everyone is welcome to come and help or eat! The food is free, but donations are excepted through buying a bowl the high schoolers make! It's a great project for everyone to participate in and everybody who participates feels glad they did! All profits go to buying food for the needy families and whatever bowls don't sell that year are used again in next year's event.
Academic Magnet High School, Berkeley High School, Bishop England High School, Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, May River High School, and Wando High School from Division 21 Collected 3,756 pairs of socks to be donated to homeless shelters across the Charleston area. Throughout the month of October, clubs encouraged their members to bring in socks through friendly competition and incentives. On October 28th, all of the clubs gathered together in Hampton Park in Downtown Charleston to count socks, eat food, learn more about homelessness, and bond as a division. May River High School from Bluffton, South Carolina collected the most donations!
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South Johnston High School was inspired by the Thirst Project and the global water crisis plaguing the world. They wanted to start the year off with a big and fun event to kickoff the year, so they came up with the 5K Water Run! It worked just like a color run but they sprayed runners with water instead! After hard work on ironing out the details and promoting, they hosted the event on September 30th, 2017. The money raised will be donated to the Thirst Project and to their club's other projects! It was a success that was very much enjoyed, and they are already planning on doing it again next year!
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In the past year, Harnett Central High School did an amazing and creative service project for a local animal shelter. The club helped by making dog toys for the shelter. The process is very simple. The club asked their members to donate old T-shirts for them to cut up. You then, cut off the sleeves and then cut six, one-inch strips up near the collar. Then, you make a knot at the top where the collar is and then cut the collar off as well. With the strips, you braid it to the end and then knot them. As the club says, this project is very simple and helps out the local animal shelter. Your club can do something like this to help the local animal shelter or some other type of gift for other organizations in your community! I hope this inspires a project in your club!
In the spirit of Halloween, our Spotlight on Service this week will be on a Halloween-themed service project!
From North Brunswick High School, Key Clubbers wanted to honor a well loved teacher who had passed away suddenly. However, in order to create a memorial for the teacher, a large amount of money would have to be raised. As it occurred around Halloween, the club brainstormed several ideas and decided to create an event called the “Haunted Hospital”. The Haunted Hospital was held on the night of Halloween and helped give medical care to those in the local community for 2 dollars.
After the fundraiser was completed, the Key Club had raised enough money to create the memorial for the late teacher. In addition, the extra money raised was put towards cleaning up the school.
This Key Club's innovative and holiday-themed fundraiser was extremely successful in raising money and helping their school and community.
What can your club do for our next holidays? Help out at a shelter on Thanksgiving? Fundraise for Christmas for Children this December! Or do you have your own service project to submit? Submit on the form on the Spotlight on Service page! We hope to see your submission chosen next!
How can you help your local community grow and succeed? Spend a day at your local food bank much like these Key Clubbers from Charlotte!
Key Clubbers from South Charlotte Homeschool spent a day at the Second Harvest Food Bank and made a huge difference. What is the Second Harvest Food Bank? The Second Harvest is a non-profit organization that aims to find, fix, package and distribute various goods and materials for those in need. These items can range anywhere from paper towels, candles, bottled water to batteries. As a non-profit organization, they depend on the contributions and donations of charitable benefactors and volunteers to help them achieve their goal. Who fits this role better than Key Clubbers?
These Key Clubbers were in charge of package inspections; their job being to search through the organized boxes of donations and make sure everything was properly categorized and that nothing was damaged. If an item was damaged, they would mend, tape, fix, or replace as needed. Second Harvest has become an annual service project for the South Charlotte Homeschool Key Club, and the organization is one of their favorites to work with.
Almost every city or community has a food bank and every Key Club has the ability to go out and help organizations like the Second Harvest Food Bank thrive and donate to the less fortunate. Contact your local food banks or similar organizations to truly make an impact on your community and being able to feel the difference you made in someone's life.
McDowell Early College, in Marion, North Carolina, hosted an amazing and successful fundraiser at their school's Key Club. Cleverly titled the Dip Bowl, the club's project allowed both students and staff to show off their salsa making skills! Those who attended paid a small fee to sample the different dips at the Dip Bowl! The club raised over $100 which they used to help their club and donated to March of Dimes, one of Key Club's preferred charities! This awesome idea can be incorporated into any Key Club's projects! Consider this for your next project!
Don't forget to submit your club's project idea for inclusion on the Carolinas District Website!
What is Spotlight on Service?
Spotlight on Service is a way to highlight individual club projects in the Carolinas. There will be posts on the website every month with a photo and a description of an outstanding Key Club service project. If you're searching for inspirational ideas to implement in your club or recognition for fantastic club members, Spotlight on Service is a great place to look.
So how do I submit a Spotlight on Service entry?
Any club advisor, officer, or member can submit a potential Spotlight on Service post to be considered for the website feature. To do so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following: at least one quality photo and a detailed paragraph explaining the project or event. The email also needs to include the school's name and any important information you would like to have posted, such as the names of the Key Club members in the submitted photo(s).