Key Club International teamed up with partner Nickelodeon to award money to Key Clubs with inspiring projects to help people in their schools and communities.
During its inaugural funding round, the HALO Movement contest received applications from 65 Key Clubs around the world. Thanks to your votes, 11 of those Key Clubs have collectively earned more than USD$11,500 to fund service projects ranging from animal adoption fairs and educational after-school workshops to disaster relief and literacy programs.
The 2017 HALO Movement finalists are:
Fountain Valley High School KIWIN’S in California, which, with more than 180 members, will make more than 400 food packages through Rise Against Hunger and buy a power generator to help people affected by Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas and St. John. ($1,417)
Queens College Key Club in Barbados, which will use grant money to create a reading area for children at Queen Elizabeth Hospital complete with tables, chairs and electronic tablets in addition to books. ($1,317)
St. Joseph’s Convent-Saint Lucia, whose “Smart Start” project will renovate a kindergarten classroom in a rural school to include child-friendly furniture, a library, a play area and a kitchenette. ($1,317)
Cowan Jr/Sr High School Key Club in Muncie, Indiana, whose members will host a 5K color run to raise money for autism awareness and early diagnosis through the Three Wishes Campaign. ($1,183)
duPont Manual High School Key Club in Louisville, Kentucky, which will expand its STEMY Academy, a student-run afterschool science, technology, engineering and math workshop for middle school students. ($1,166)
Great Falls High School Key Club in Montana, which will use HALO grant money to continue the “Kiwanis Book Nook” program, where club members regularly read to elementary school students and present each student with a free book for summer vacation. ($1,125)
Baker High School in Baldwinsville, New York, whose “Bee Full” school food pantry will be expanded to purchase and store food for 50 students living with food insecurity to take home over the weekends. ($1,125)
Hunterdon Central High School Key Club in Flemington, New Jersey, which will package 12,000 meals for food banks across the state, which has a higher rate of food insecurity for children than the national average. ($1,083)
Heritage High School Key Club in Menifee, California, which will host its annual Patriot Olympics, an athletic competition that’s also a fundraiser to support children around the world through the Aslan Network. ($808)
Addison Trail High School Key Club in Illinois, whose animal-loving members will use grant money toward a pet adoption fair to support community animal shelters. ($758)
Dixon High School Key Club in Illinois, whose members plan to travel to Houston, Texas, in 2018 to rebuild an elementary school damaged by Hurricane Harvey. ($250)