MHS Key Club aims for One Dollar for Life
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.”
Hidden River students explore opportunities after high school
It’s never too soon to start thinking about your days after high school. That’s the message Michelle Simeoni wants to give to the students at Hidden River Middle School, where the counseling office has been bringing representatives from local colleges to talk about opportunities for students after high school.
As counselor, Simeoni is concerned about students who don’t see themselves as college bound. “We want kids who don’t feel they’re four-year college material to sit up and pay attention that there are other opportunities,” she said.
An instructor from the Divers Institute of Technology, which offers training in the field of commercial diving, visited Hidden River this fall.
Casey Melnrick, a representative from Washington State University, will be visiting Hidden River in December. “The sooner we can get students thinking about their passions and what they enjoy learning, the more successful their life after high school will be,” Melnrick said.