generationOn is excited to honor 6 amazing Clubs with the 2017 Club of the Year award! Clubs were judged on their projects' innovation and creativity, community impact and participation in generationOn programming.
Each awardee will receive $500 to support future projects. Here are just some highlights of the Clubs' accomplishments:
The Kids Care Character Club of Waukesha, Wisconsin aims to promote their school's character traits of Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Perseverance, and Honesty, while incorporating service to their local community. Club members are the leading participants in their district for the Great Kindness Challenge, a week of spirit days, activities and quotes focused on the theme of kindness. During that week, members promoted their Coins for Pakistan drive, collecting and earning $900 in coins! The club has an annual "Stuff the Bus" event, a two-week long food drive, with 5,000 food items collected and unloaded from the bus by the members at a local food pantry.
The Aquatic Society Club of Omaha, Nebraska uses science in conjunction with their community service projects, such as their mission to aid in supplying accessible food with their tilapia fish. Their sustainable farming fish systems with the Nebraska Games and Parks have provided over 230 meals to their area, with future yields being 1,200 meals! Club members have also engaged in a state conservation project to provide free environmental landscaping while also expanding the habitats of pollinators such as the Monarch Butterfly.
Castle North Middle School Service Club in Newburgh, Indiana are change agents with their "Let the Reading Begin" initiative! They have raised awareness for literacy through drafting and designing their own book, Not Just a Story, promoting "reading will take you on adventures." Fundraising for their Imagination Library included Cards for a Cause, garnering local support and business partners for continuation of their efforts for literacy.
The CYC Connectors Kids Care Club of Chicago, Illinois are bring the country to the city. They have participated in several campaigns, including spreading joy as part of the Joy Maker Challenge and working with a community garden for Make Your Mark on Hunger. The Club has accomplished distribution of more than 1,000 seeds, seedlings and plants, promoting urban agriculture in their community. From farm to table, members have grown vegetables for meals, benefiting over 50 people!
GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strength!) Service Club of Missoula, Montana have championed the effort to support girls' leadership particularly with their "Missoula Menstruates" project. Members displayed an art project of the same title, comprising of a community cycle tracker, as well as sold pins to show off their period pride and activism. The money earned went towards providing "first period kits" to girls at the YWCA Missoula's shelter for women, complete with feminine products, tea, bath salts and other treats.
The Kids to Care Kids Care Club of Westerly, Rhode Island accomplished their goal of completing 1,000 acts of kindness by December 23rd through the Joy Maker Challenge! They wrote letters and cards to veterans, the school's custodial staff, and those who've inspired them. Students have also collected clothing, sorted through donations for their annual sharing closet for the community.
Want a chance to be recognized for next year's Club of the Year award? Be sure to track your service throughout the year! If you want to learn more about generationOn's Kids Care Clubs and Service Clubs, check them out here!