By Kendyl Beam
With the 2017-2018 school year well underway, a new year of Key Club is just beginning.
Key Club is a community service-based club. Throughout the year, members of Key Club have to volunteer a certain amount of hours in and out of the club. The amount of hours you serve is based on whether or not you are a senior. Seniors have to serve more hours to be eligible to get a cord at graduation.
Underclassmen have to have five or more in-club hours and five or more out of club hours. Seniors need ten or more in-club hours and five or more out of club hours in order to receive a cord at graduation.
“My personal goal for this year would be to get more people involved in volunteering,” senior and Key Club president Emma Loftin said. “In order for them to see the reward you feel once you have helped make the community a better place.”
Throughout the year, Key Club works alongside different organizations inside and outside of school to complete their hours. Members help out at events that need extra people to run.
This year however, Key Club plans to create their own events. The events that the club would create are volunteering events to get the whole school involved, not just club members.
“It would be nice if we had service projects that we generate, opposed to servicing other organizations around the school.” Key Club advisor Jim Gardenhire said.
The main goal of Key Club is to build a better space around the school as well as inside of the school. Every school in the Mt. Hood Conference has a Key Club.
Gresham’s Key Club is supervised by the Kiwanis Early Risers of Gresham, a local community service organization.
“They do community service and also help lead us in our volunteering,” Loftin said.
It is not too late to join Key Club. They meet every other Wednesday at lunch in Gardenhire’s room (219).