For ten years, the Keys to Success program sponsored by Ken Garff and Mountain America Credit Union has graced schools on the Wasatch Front. The program rewards students for scholastic achievements with prizes such as gift cards, iPads and even a new car.
For the first time ever, the program will find its way into Carbon and Emery high schools thanks to the Tony Basso Group and other local sponsors.
“This is the first year that the Keys to Success program has gone past the Wasatch Front,” explained Amanda Holley from the Tony Basso Group. “We hope to spread the program to more schools in the area in the future.”
On Thursday, assemblies were held at Carbon and Emery high schools to promote the program. The program is simple and every student is eligible to win great prizes in one of two ways. First, teachers at the schools can give students “key cards” when they recognize academic improvement. Another way to receive a key card is for the student to set an academic goal with a teacher, such as improving their test scores or turning in 100 percent of their assignments. When that goal is met, the student will earn their card.
Throughout the school year each student can earn up to three key cards. Students then go online and enter the key code on the card to redeem their prize.
At the assemblies, students volunteered to participate in games such as “Name that Tune” and a hamster ball race in order to win key cards, gift certificates and Skull Candy headphones donated by sponsors from the area.
Local sponsors for Keys to Success at Carbon and Emery high schools include Taco Time, Main Street Grill, Main Street Express, Gateway Lanes, Emery Telcom and King Koal Theatres. Students who redeem their key cards can choose from prizes from these businesses or gift certificates to places such as Boondocks, Arby’s and Thanksgiving Point, to name a few.
Toward the end of this school year, one student from both Carbon and Emery High will be chosen to receive an iPad at a Keys to Success assembly. Then, those two students will go head-to-head to win a car from Tony Basso GM.