Young Citizenship Award – honors pre-high school students
who daily demonstrate good citizenship both at school and at
home. It is not based on scholastics or athletics. Instead, the
program is designed to recognize and encourage youngsters
who are honest, hard-working, helpful, and fair.
Youth of the Month – recognizes hard-working high school
seniors who attain high levels of scholastic achievement,
community involvement, and leadership.
Talent Showcase – The Talent Show is held in April showcasing
local youths (K-12). All proceeds are given to the CHS Natural
ACE Award – A.C.E. stands for Accepting the Challenge of
Excellence. This program recognizes a high school senior who
has made a dramatic change in attitude and performance during
high school. These changes have enabled the student to
overcome adversities and prepare for graduation. The award is
given in April.
Back to School Shopping Spree – Each August we provide
school clothes and a full backpack to Duneland community
Sweets ‘N Style – Fashion and Desserts, May 5, 2016 6:30 PM –
9:00 PM held at the Spa on Mineral Springs Rd in Porter, IN.
Body Safety Program – The Body Safety Program teaches
children that their bodies are their own and nobody has the
right to touch them. Our club sponsors this presentation at each
Child Abuse Prevention – During the month of April, Child
Abuse Prevention Month, we conduct a local Blue Ribbon
Campaign. You have seen blue ribbons on street lamps down
Broadway, on antennas of police cars and school buses, banners
on Porter Avenue and billboards throughout Porter County.
Why blue? Blue is the color that bruises often turn.
Child abuse is a tragedy. Each day, the hope of a child who has
been abused or neglected is challenged by the very real prospect
that this horrifying experience will happen all over again.
Children do not deserve to be abused. That is why the Duneland
Exchange Club raises money to fund projects and spread public
Giveakidaflagtowave – This project involved the distribution of
small American flags to youth who are in attendance at parades
or other community events. Our club either hands the flags to
kids at the 4th of July parade or to veterans at Chesterton Middle
School’s Veteran’s Day Program.
Book of Golden Deeds – The National Exchange Club’s longest
running project, the Book of Golden Deeds Award, recognizes
dedicated volunteers who give endless hours toward making
their communities better places to live.
Community Grants – Every Spring, our club gives grants to local
non-profit organizations to assist in their fight against child
Crime and Fire Prevention – The primary objectives of a crime
and fire prevention project are to help eliminate crime and the
causes of fires, and to teach people how to safeguard themselves
against the dangers around them. These projects are often
kicked off during October, National Crime Prevention Month.
National Day of Service – Exchange Clubs across America join
together on the third Saturday in October each year to serve
their communities through projects of their choice.
Proudly We Hail – The Proudly We Hail program encourages
regular display of the flag by individuals, commercial
establishments and industries. To honor them a specially
designed plaque is presented at a club meeting.
Recognition Breakfast – Each Spring, our club hosts a breakfast
recognizing our school counselors and principals for the vital
role they play in the development of our community’s children.
Service for Seniors – Our club sponsors bingo on the fourth
Monday each month at the Waters of Duneland. In addition, this
year we are starting an Adopt-A-Senior program.
Wine Tasting – One of our most successful fundraising events
takes place in October at Sand Creek. It involves great wines,
liquors, hor d’ouvres, silent auction, and entertainment.
What is the Natural Helpers Program?
Since the first training weekend in 1988, hundreds or students,
staff, and community members have attended Natural Helper
Retreats sponsored by Chesterton High School. Many more lives
have been touched as Natural Helpers have worked to improve
communication with family members, to break down barriers
between social groups, to eliminate stereotyping of individuals,
and to assist their peers in coping with a wide range of
The Natural Helpers program is based on the premise that
adolescents seek help from their friends before they turn to
other sources. Within each circle of friends and acquaintances
there is often an individual whose sensitivity, fair-mindedness,
and ability to listen, are recognized by peers. By means of a
school wide survey, students perceived as “helpers” in the
school community are selected for a weekend retreat.
During this retreat the participants learn about time
management, genuine communication with themselves and
others, the significance of Trust in relationships, and knowing
their own limitations. As helpers they discuss ways of coping
with various problems and crises using resources in Porter
County. The importance of using good judgment, sensitivity and
courage in making responsible choices is emphasized.
Upon their return to Chesterton High School the participants
support one another in the positive changes they intend to make
in their lives. Natural Helpers often speak about how the retreat
has influenced them, mentioning better relationships with
parents, a heightened sense of responsibility toward self and
others, and a new appreciation for people they once thought far
different from themselves. A “ripple effect” occurs as Natural
Helpers share their new knowledge and insights with friends in
a serious effort to make school a safer, more caring community.