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  • Key Club rocks out for its community

    Key Clubs in New England Districts 9 and 10 worked with the Kiwanis Club of Manchester, New Hampshire to host K Rocks! Battle of the Bands.By Kassie Barker

    Electric guitars, stage lights, microphones and amps. Key Clubs in New England District 9 and 10 partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Manchester, New Hampshire, and held its first K Rocks! Battle of the Bands event in March, raising more than US$500 for their clubs!

    K Rocks! Battle of the Bands was an opportunity for Key Clubbers and their classmates in garage rock bands to perform on a real stage with professional lights and sound and compete for US$1,000 worth of prizes, including gift certificates and studio time at a performing arts center.

    Sixty-two Key Clubbers volunteered side-by-side with Kiwanians to pull off the event. Nine bands battled it out onstage, with professional bands from around the area who volunteered to perform in-between sets. A panel of four local celebrities judged the contest, and a popular newspaper columnist was the emcee.

    K Rocks! Battle of the Bands posterKey Clubbers were outfitted in specially designed T-shirts and were involved with all aspects of the event including security, selling refreshments and coordinating backstage operations. Key Clubbers got their classmates involved by holding a design contest intended to develop the artistic talents of students for the event’s logo.

    Still Well Angel, a Boston-based metal band, provided all back-line equipment and technical support throughout the competition.

    The alternative rock band “Figure 8” took first place honors, followed by “In the Summer” and “Mr. Squid.” All participants left with prizes and T-shirts, and great memories of their day on the big stage.

     

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  • Mutual admiration

    Key Club shows appreciation for their sponsoring Kiwanis Club 

    By Stephen Brooks, Kiwanis advisor to the Colebrook Academy Key Club

    I would like to share a story about the Colebrook Academy Key Club in Colebrook, New Hampshire. The club’s membership ranges between 30–40 members.The members have a very strong relationship with their parent club, the Kiwanis Club of Colebrook, which also has about the same number of members. Almost every Kiwanis meeting is attended by Key Club members. 

    The Key Club wanted to show their appreciation for the Kiwanis club’s support so the Key Club decided to host an appreciation dinner for the Kiwanians. They used money from an annual fundraiser called Key Awake Night to purchase supplies to prepare a meal for approximately 100 Kiwanians and guests. Key Awake Night brings Key Clubbers from around the New England District together in the Colebrook High School gymnasium. Activities include sports competitions, a dance, Guitar Hero and much more. The students stay up all night long engaging in these activities. 

    On the day of the appreciation dinner, there was a Kiwanis Division 8 bocce tournament and the Key Clubbers invited Kiwanians from other clubs to join the feast. The Key Club members prepared and served chicken breast stuffed with a sage and cranberry stuffing, oven roasted potato medley, lasagna, veggies, rolls and a cake with a picture of the Kiwanis club on it. 

    The meal was a huge success and the Kiwanians were deeply appreciative of the Key Club’s generosity. The Key Club got many thanks for hosting such a great evening, which also included a little comedy skit from one of the Kiwanis members. 

    I think this is a great example of the relationship that’s possible between Kiwanis clubs and their sponsored youth programs. The leadership tools and programs that Kiwanis provides the Key Club members are unsurpassed. 

    Key Clubbers recognize when to take the lead and they learn to show their appreciation when they are supported. Their leadership and ability to see the big picture is greatly enhanced by the skills they attain from Key Club and Kiwanis.

    How does your Key Club work with its sponsoring Kiwanis club?

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  • Arkansas Key Club takes a bite out of hunger

    Arkansas Key Club takes a bite out of hunger

    The North Little Rock East Campus Key Club is hard at work in its largest annual service project: fighting hunger in Little Rock. The Key Clubbers spend each Monday making sandwiches for the homeless, while also gathering food for the Amboy Community Food Pantry, and helping their local Kiwanis Club assemble and distribute Thanksgiving care baskets. 

    Over the course of the school year the club has made 900 sandwiches, raised 173 cans of food for the Amboy Community Food Pantry and distributed 250 Thanksgiving baskets to those who needed them in their community! 

    The Key Clubbers make the sandwiches after regular club meetings. They volunteer to donate bread and sell teacher lunches to pay for peanut butter and jelly. The club enlisted the generous help of their classmates to donate canned food for the food pantry. 

    The entire club contributed to the cause. Members even took time out of their Thanksgiving break to help their local Kiwanis Club to donate care baskets.         

    How is your Key Club making a big impact on your community?

    Arkansas Key Club takes a bite out of hunger

    The North Little Rock East Campus Key Club is hard at work in its largest annual service project: fighting hunger in Little Rock. The Key Clubbers spend each Monday making sandwiches for the homeless, while also gathering food for the Amboy Community Food Pantry, and helping their local Kiwanis Club assemble and distribute Thanksgiving care baskets. 

    Over the course of the school year the club has made 900 sandwiches, raised 173 cans of food for the Amboy Community Food Pantry and distributed 250 Thanksgiving baskets to those who needed them in their community! 

    The Key Clubbers make the sandwiches after regular club meetings. They volunteer to donate bread and sell teacher lunches to pay for peanut butter and jelly. The club enlisted the generous help of their classmates to donate canned food for the food pantry. 

    The entire club contributed to the cause. Members even took time out of their Thanksgiving break to help their local Kiwanis Club to donate care baskets.         

    How is your Key Club making a big impact on your community?

    Arkansas Key Club takes a bite out of hunger

    The North Little Rock East Campus Key Club is hard at work in its largest annual service project: fighting hunger in Little Rock. The Key Clubbers spend each Monday making sandwiches for the homeless, while also gathering food for the Amboy Community Food Pantry, and helping their local Kiwanis Club assemble and distribute Thanksgiving care baskets. 

    Over the course of the school year the club has made 900 sandwiches, raised 173 cans of food for the Amboy Community Food Pantry and distributed 250 Thanksgiving baskets to those who needed them in their community! 

    The Key Clubbers make the sandwiches after regular club meetings. They volunteer to donate bread and sell teacher lunches to pay for peanut butter and jelly. The club enlisted the generous help of their classmates to donate canned food for the food pantry. 

    The entire club contributed to the cause. Members even took time out of their Thanksgiving break to help their local Kiwanis Club to donate care baskets.         

    How is your Key Club making a big impact on your communit

    The North Little Rock East Campus Key Club is hard at work in its largest annual service project: fighting hunger in Little Rock. The Key Clubbers spend each Monday making sandwiches for the homeless, while also gathering food for the Amboy Community Food Pantry, and helping their local Kiwanis Club assemble and distribute Thanksgiving care baskets.

    Over the course of the school year the club has made 900 sandwiches, raised 173 cans of food for the Amboy Community Food Pantry and distributed 250 Thanksgiving baskets to those who needed them in their community!

    The Key Clubbers make the sandwiches after regular club meetings. They volunteer to donate bread and sell teacher lunches to pay for peanut butter and jelly. The club enlisted the generous help of their classmates to donate canned food for the food pantry.

    The entire club contributed to the cause. Members even took time out of their Thanksgiving break to help their local Kiwanis Club to donate care baskets.

    How is your Key Club making a big impact on your community?



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  • Key Club sends Valentines to troops

    Fridley High School Key Clubbers make valentinesLove is in the air for at least one Key Club! For the seventh consecutive year, the Fridley High School Key Club (Minnesota) is making Valentines to send to troops serving in Iraq. Along with its local Kiwanis Club, the FHS Key Club is writing letters once a week and sending care packages to soldiers stationed on the front lines in Iraq.

    Each handmade Valentine contains a personal, handwritten note stating how much Key Club appreciates and supports its U.S. troops. The club is hoping to surpass last year’s production of 410 Valentines this year.

    The Fridley Key Club aims to enlighten the spirits of every soldier by saying thank you and reminding them how much they are appreciated.

    How is your Key Club spreading the love this Valentine’s Day?

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  • Key Club members plant 100 tulips

    Four Woodburn High School Key Club students spent Veteran's Day planting tulips at a local business. Read what they got in return.

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  • It's turkey time

    The Alter High School Key Club raises money and rounds up 300 turkeys each at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then, they drive them to four outreach locations in the Dayton, Ohio area. Read all about it.

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  • From blue to green

    Key Club members are able to line the hallways with the number of donated jeans they collected.Being inventive to save the environment is a plight shared by many around the world. From women in Haiti and India making beautiful and functional purses and tote bags from the discarded plastic they find in landfills to the Key Club of Minot Central Campus in North Dakota collecting blue jeans to create insulation, great ideas abound.

    The club’s denim drive was held in conjunction with the “Cotton. From Blue to Green” program of the Vanity store and Cotton Incorporated, which was launched to help rebuild communities affected by natural disasters along the gulf coast.

    The jeans are taken to be processed into environmentally friendly insulation that will go into homes for people in need, according to Key Club members Kenedee Kristjanson and Alexsea Davis.

    To do their part, Key Club members posted fliers around school explaining the importance to the program and asking for students’ old jeans. In return, those who donated received 25 percent off a new pair of jeans from Vanity.

    The local news was on hand to capture the club’s official count.

    “Once all the jeans were collected, we received a final total of 119 pairs of ripped, stained and unwanted jeans,” says Davis. While it takes 500 pairs to create the insulation needed for an entire house, the club was just happy to help and be a part of something bigger: their donation helped the create 332,000 lbs of insulation that will go into 210 houses through the collection of 105,192 pairs of jeans. This exceeded the original Blue to Green goal of 100,000 pairs

    “During this project, the Central Key Club discovered that helping others and volunteering is more than extra work,” says Kristjanson. “We learned that volunteering teaches you hard work, team work, cooperation, and it builds your character by teaching you to become strong and caring. In the process of helping someone else, you meet new people who, like yourself, want to be a helping hand to their community and nation.”

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  • Fence-painting project

    The Bloomfield High School Key Club of Bloomfield, New Jersey, recently painted a community cultural center's fence. Check it out.

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  • Rain can't ruin their parade

    Mauston High School Key Club hosted a March of Dimes walkathon and raised just under $1,000. Read the story from the Juneau County Star Times.

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  • Quilting Key Clubbers

    The Bullard High School Key Club (Texas) joined hands with the Bullard Kiwanis club to Color a Child's World. See how.

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