Key Club holds opportunities to give back

Nikki Wong takes a look at her Key Club membership card that she received at the latest meeting.

Nikki Wong takes a look at her Key Club membership card that she received at the latest meeting.

Madison Wong, Staff Writer

Carlmont offers a wide variety of different clubs and activities that students can participate in, from whether it be gaming or learning about different cultures.

Key Club, however, has a focus on acts of community service to benefit people around the Bay Area.

It is the oldest and largest service program for high school students all around the world, with over 5,300 clubs in 38 different countries, and over 270,000 members combined.

The organization is entirely student-run, and helps build social skills, self-awareness, self management, responsible decision-making, and more to help benefit the lives of its members.

The first Key Club was created in 1925, when two Kiwanis club members, Albert C. Olney and Frank C. Vincent, thought of the idea to start a junior service club. Since then, the idea has spread worldwide, helping many students develop the skills they will need to succeed.

“There are good volunteering experiences and everybody in the club is nice and welcoming,” said junior and Key Club member Lydia Lelapinyokul.

Although she just joined this year, she already loves the experience of working together with new people and how everyone feels supported by one another.

Sophomore Jade Margolis also loves volunteering and working with friends.

“The club is great for high schoolers because it allows you to have more volunteer opportunities and also to try volunteering with people you’re comfortable with, making volunteering fun for even those who don’t like it,” said Margolis.

While Key Club demonstrates skills to help members in the future, it comes with some other benefits.

“This looks good on college applications, because colleges can see that you’re helping out your community and taking the time to make an impact on other people’s lives,” said Alexa Nii, a junior.

Service acts that members can participate in include park cleanups, clothing drives, and food drives, which can be used towards community service credits. In addition, there’s a good feeling when people know that a little thing they are doing can impact someone else’s lives in a whole new way.

To find out more, head to the Key Club website, or check out their meetings on Thursdays in room D12.