Once again, Key Club International and its long-standing partner Nickelodeon teamed up to award Nickelodeon HALO grants to Key Clubs with inspiring projects to help people in their schools and communities. During its second round of the 2017-18 year, the Nickelodeon HALO Movement received outstanding applications from 63 Key Clubs.
Thanks to your votes, 10 Key Clubs have collectively earned US$13,451 to fund service projects ranging from raising money for rare disease research, to sending sanitation supplies to schools in Guatemala, to giving kids of all abilities the chance to play together.
The 2018 Nickelodeon HALO Movement finalists are:
Beaver Dam High School Key Club in Wisconsin, which will provide hospitals with books to distribute to parents of young children in a community where 40 percent of school-aged kids meet federal poverty guidelines, and where English-as-a-second-language education is needed.
Cypress Woods High School Key Club in Texas, whose members will fill backpacks with food for students in need at a nearby elementary school where 74 percent of students are economically disadvantaged.
Enloe Magnet High School Key Club in Raleigh, North Carolina, which plans to host a food-themed carnival to raise awareness and donations for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, an organization that feeds about 50,000 adults and children each month.
McLoughlin High School Key Club in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, which will use its grant to expand its “Friday Food Bags” program — which gives weekend meals to students in need — to two additional schools in its district.
Millburn High School Key Club in New Jersey, whose members will host a 5K “Color Run” to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the American Cancer Society.
Mingus Union High School Key Club in Cottonwood, Arizona, which will use its grant money to provide low-income students with personal cleansing items and school supplies through its “Hope Chest.”
Sturgis Charter Public School East Key Club in Hyannis, Massachusetts, which is collaborating with Key Club partner Squads Abroad to send supplies to schools in Guatemala to help with sanitation, hygiene and nutrition.
Tecumseh High School Key Club in Michigan, which will host a dance to raise awareness of, and money for research of, airway defects in infants, such as laryngomalacia.
Waupun Area Junior/Senior High School Key Club in Wisconsin, whose members collect toys, books, art supplies, clothes and gas gift cards during the holidays for families of kids at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Wheaton North High School Key Club in Illinois, which plans to add a wheelchair-accessible treehouse to the area’s “sensory playground” for kids of all abilities, with a special focus on playtime for kids with autism.