Members of the Shippensburg High School Key Club have a lot on their agenda these days, and are heavily promoting community service and unity.
Sponsored by Kiwanis International, Key Club members learn how to lead and stand for what’s right through service projects and volunteer work. In partnership with the Shippensburg Kiwanis Club, high school students are making a positive impact as they serve others in their schools, as well as in the community. The Key Club has been active in the high school for the past 30 years, from the time the Kiwanis Club of Shippensburg was chartered in 1987.
This year’s club has 26 student members and has been involved in numerous service projects and activities. Most recently, members of the club held a Pie in the Face Contest during the school’s pep rally where they raised $190 to be used for future projects. In addition, they also sponsored Spirit Week with College Day, Twin Day, Throwback Day and a Maroon & Grey Day. They are currently writing letters, once a month, to pen pals at the intermediate school, and are sponsoring Lunch Buddies at Nancy Grayson Elementary School, where they have lunch with the students and spend time getting to know them. At the end of this month they will be Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF and sponsoring a teacher costume contest.
“We are excited about the Lunch Buddies program at Nancy Grayson,” Key Club President Hayleigh Highlands said during the presentation. “We think it will be a good experience for both the kids and members of the club. We are trying to promote inclusiveness and acceptance of everyone.”
According to Shippensburg Kiwanis Club President Joe Cretella, having the Key Club at the high school is a great experience for both the students and the teachers.
“The Kiwanis Club is all about the youth in our community,” Cretella said. “The Key Club is one of the primary organizations that Kiwanis supports – the students have the opportunity to attend leadership programs where they attend workshops and learn leadership skills, as well as having the opportunity to meet other Key Club members from across the state. It’s a great experience for the students to go to these workshops and learn what it takes to be a good leader, both in the school and in the community.”
He said teachers benefit as well because they are serving as role models for the students, as well as some serving as Key Club advisers. Linda Miller, member of the Shippensburg Kiwanis serves as the club’s adviser to the students and said she is thrilled with what the club is doing this year.
“It’s great to see so many students involved this year,” Miller said. “They are really focused on service projects and have quite an extensive list of projects that they have already completed, and so many more that they are currently working and plan to complete throughout the school year.”
Over the last 30 years, Shippensburg Kiwanis has sponsored annual scholarships for our local students, many of which have been, or are currently, members of the Key Club. When the club was chartered in 1987, one scholarship was awarded. The Kiwanis Club now sponsors five scholarships per year. Kiwanis also sponsors the Circle K Club at the University level, which also has an annual scholarship.
Shippensburg Kiwanis Club members are very proud of the work the students are doing in the schools and in the community. For more information about becoming a Key Club member or learning about Kiwanis, speak with any Key Club member or contact Shippensburg Kiwanis Club President Joe Cretella at (717) 377-1480.