Members of the Escalon Key Club have been very busy lately.
“We are currently sponsoring a friendly competition between the clubs at the school to raise money for hurricane relief,” said club advisor Rick Heflin.
Each club has placed a jar in up to four classes for the class to donate. At the end of the week all the clubs will add up the money they raised and the club with the most will get a pizza party for their next club meeting.
“We hope to raise a lot of money for the relief and to highlight all the clubs on campus,” Heflin added. “All monies will be donated to the Red Cross hurricane fund.”
On Saturday, Sept. 23 the Key Club traveled to Reno to participate in an Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk. The club raised $400 for the cause and 16 students participated in the walk. Our students were on the team Kickin ALZ with 20 local members that are dealing with and supporting the fight to end Alzheimer’s.”
Heflin said the students had a great time walking and meeting the other members of the team.
“This disease affects so many but since it usually happens in later life most younger people don’t really know a lot about it. I think it was an eye-opening experience for them and a very valuable lesson,” said Heflin.
Key Club, the youth arm of Kiwanis, was among those taking part in the Club Rush event hosted at Escalon High School earlier this month and the Interact Club was also there, promoting their upcoming event.
The annual Kids in a Box fundraiser, which benefits the Haven of Peace, will be staged on the football field at the high school on Friday night, Sept. 29 into Saturday, Sept. 30. Interact is the youth arm of Rotary and is coordinating the fundraising awareness event.
Students will spend the night outdoors on the football field, constructing makeshift shelters out of cardboard boxes in an exercise that simulates homelessness. They obtain pledges for the overnight event, which then go to the women and children’s center in San Joaquin County. Set up on the football field will start about 4 p.m. Friday, with students ‘breaking camp’ about 9 a.m. Saturday. The Kids in a Box event is open to adults and youth, seven years and up, with all youth needing to be accompanied by an adult.