A little for a lot was the thought behind the recent efforts of Monroe High School’s Key Club on behalf of the One Dollar for Life (ODFL) organization – funds which go towards building a school for children in Nepal.
“The concept for ODFL,” explained Barb Goodwin, Key Club faculty advisor, “is that if everyone gives a dollar, it may not seem like a lot, but look what we can do with it.”
Junior Chloe Thompson, Vice President of the MHS Key Club, and daughter of David Thompson and Jeanine SanClemente, organized the effort.
“Money goes further in the developing world than in the United States, so our dollars can really make a difference,” Thompson said. “This is really experimental because Key Clubs in our school haven’t done this sort of schoolwide fundraiser before. It was a lot of coordination,” she says.
Both Thompson and Goodwin wanted to emphasize that the One Dollar for Life project was unique in that it was fundraising held completely in-school, among students. Not one dollar came from parents or the outside community.
Goodwin observed, “High school students do care about their world and they’re willing to give their own money to help people in the world who don’t have a clean, safe place to go to school.”
In addition to the ODFL fundraiser, the MHS Key Club stays busy year round. Thompson described it as, “…a community service club. While it’s social because we do it all together, it’s primarily about community service.”