Key Club members help out the community


Carlmont students participate in a service activity for Key Club.

Miranda Irwin, Staff Writer

Key Club is an international student-led organization which is associated with Kiwanis International. In the club, students all around the world are presented with opportunities to provide service in their communities as well as globally.

Key Club was started at Sacramento High School in 1925. The aim of the club was to develop character building and leadership skills.

United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, March of Dimes, and Children’s Miracle Network are some of Key Club’s go-to charities in which members support and participate in fundraisers for.

Carlmont High School Key Club members recently participated in the UNICEF sponsored “Trick-or-Treat for the Eliminate Project.”

During the project students and members of the community helped to raise money in order to purchase and distribute vaccines for pregnant mothers around the world. These vaccines are used to prevent neonatal tetanus, thereby saving mothers and children.

Carlmont Key Club members have provided many of their services in the past as well.

“We do monthly food sorts at the Second Harvest Food Bank and work closely with San Carlos Kiwanis to provide volunteers for large events such as the ‘Goblin Walk,’ ‘Hometown Days,’ and ‘Breakfast with Santa,’” stated senior Zackary Beauchamp.

Carlmont’s Key Club is currently working to plan and help with local events coming up in December such as “Breakfast with Santa” and “Toy Gift Wrapping.”

“When the holidays come around we help wrap toys for kids from low-income families,” said senior Esther Kim the current Key Club president.

Also being planned for upcoming months is a school-wide fundraiser “Soles4Souls” to collect shoes for an organization called Think Kindness who will deliver gently used shoes around the world for the less fortunate.

Currently, Key Club is represented in 31 countries and is continually making an effort to better communities around the world.

Key Club’s motto, “caring-our way of life,” represents everything in which the organization stands for. From small events such as beach clean-ups to larger events like raising money to purchase vaccines for mothers Key Club is persistent in transforming communities worldwide.