You never know how an organization will make a difference. Here’s one inspiring story.
Kimberly High School – Life Force
Backed by its motto of “Commit, Learn, Inspire,” Kimberly High School’s Life Force club promotes drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free lifestyles. Members commit to healthy lifestyles, learn about risky behaviors and inspire their peers to do the same. “Knowledge is power if you use it to make healthy choices,” says Kathy Verstegen, Kimberly Area School District’s registered nurse. Students who take the Life Force pledge must acknowledge a positive force in their life—the thing they wouldn’t risk losing due to drugs, alcohol or tobacco use. Some name future plans or athletics. Others name the respect of their parents or younger siblings. Of the 1,500 students at Kimberly High, 350 have signed the Life Force pledge, and many others have made the commitment. Life Force rewards its members by providing opportunities to participate in fun, active and healthy activities, free of charge or at a reduced cost. Activities include BINGO night, movie nights, tailgate parties, Milwaukee Brewer® games, hockey games and trips to Six Flags Great AmericaTM.
Life Force was the recipient of a one by one® from promotional products retailer 4imprint®. It used the grant to purchase Risky Business sunglasses for its members and others who are interested in the club. “The thing that identifies Life Force most is the sunglasses,” said Verstegen. “I’m so thankful for 4imprint’s willingness to work with schools … it’s nice to have a local company’s support in making our community a better place.”