Paige Daly, Staff Writer – Lecanto High School [LHS]’s branch of Key Club International recently teamed up with Yuda Bands, a non-profit organization that raises money to send kids in developing countries to high school by selling bracelets. Key Club sold bracelets from Feb. 21 to March 7.
The Yuda Bands organization focuses on bringing aid to students in countries like Zimbabwe and Guatemala who cannot otherwise afford a high school education. The bands used to generate funds are all handmade and feature unique shapes carved out of coconut shells.
LHS’s Key Club chose to sponsor a child, meaning all the money they raised will go to helping that individual attend secondary school.
Both students and teachers seemed excited about how effective the fundraiser was.
“The sales so far are going great; we have sold a majority of the bands that we ordered,” sophomore Jacob Isaacs said.
“We had 300 bags and I only have three bags left. I’m super excited to be a part of this,” said Key Club coordinator Katherine Reynolds.
Key Club members were especially happy to sell Yuda Bands with the knowledge that the money would positively impact a child’s life.
“Selling the Yuda Bands is a really cool experience, especially because it’s for a good cause,” said sophomore Isabel Bayonne.
Indeed, the most important part of the program is the lasting change created by someone being able to get an education.
“I feel great [about selling the bracelets] because I know I’m making a positive difference in the world,” said sophomore Ashlynn Pozzi.