ALPENA - Alpena High School Key Club members will be joining in Alpena's trick-or-treating hours on Halloween, but these students aren't collecting candy, they're raising money for the United Nations Childrens Fund. The students will be raising money to help with the Eliminate Project, which is a collaboration between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills around 60,000 newborn children every year, according to the Key Club website.
"Trick-or treat-for UNICEF has been a yearly project with the Kiwanis family of organizations for a really long time, and over the last couple of years, the money has been going strictly to the Eliminate Project. It is a partnership with UNICEF," Key Club President Liz Meier said. "UNICEF is the delivery vehicle for these vaccines to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by the year 2015, which also is coincidentally the 100th year anniversary of Kiwanis International."
Students will carry orange trick-or-treat for UNICEF boxes, and will have UNICEF stickers visible on them to help identify those collecting donations for the project.
"We'll be trick-or-treating during the city trick-or-treat hours, so we'll be out at the same time as everyone else," Meier said. "We're looking for just small change donations. If people want to donate more, that's great."
Last year, the Key Club only had a handful of students participating in the trick-or-treat project, but this year students have really spread the word about collecting donations.
"This year we are teaming up with our international culture exchange club, and our masquers club, and National Junior Honor Society at the junior high," Key Club Vice President and project leader Courtney Marshall said. "We have around 50 people signed up right now, and that's just Key Club. This year my goal is to expand it. I felt as a small community, we could really make this big and get a lot of kids involved because there are a lot of dedicated students in the school."
Each group of students will split into separate groups and go around Alpena in different neighborhoods trick-or-treating, and with over 50 participants, the Key Club hopes to collect more than their goal.
"Usually club goals are $250, but we have a lot of people signed up this year, and we're hoping to raise more than that," Meier said. "We've joined with a bunch of different groups and really pushed it this year to get people to join up."
For more information about these projects, visit www.keyclub.org and click on "Serve" at the top of the page to find the Eliminate Project, or scroll down to find out more about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
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