Bettendorf High School’s Key Club had its first meeting Sept. 8 after school in Jennifer Johnston’s room to kick off the school year and welcome returning and new members.
Key Club is a student led through Kiwanis International that exists in many high schools nationwide. Members of Key Club participate in different kinds of service projects in the school district and in the community.
Kiara Burmeister, a senior and the president of Bettendorf’s Key Club joined her freshman year following her older sister’s footsteps.
“We have always loved volunteering together so it was a great opportunity,” Burmeister said.
As president, Burmeister is in charge of many tasks, such as running the meetings, setting goals, recruiting new members, organizing service activities, and running the club’s Twitter account. Organizing service activities is one of her primary jobs.
Throughout the year, Key Club members assist the community through service. Some of these service activities include a water station in the Quad City Marathon, shopping for Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, Gilda’s Club Noogiefest, Family Museum's Winterfest, and tutoring at Herbert Hoover Elementary School.
“I helped with a Halloween event at the Family Museum last year and I got to do science experiments with the kids and they had a great time. It was cool to see how excited they were about it,” Maddie Pessman said, a Bettendorf junior and Key Club secretary. “I am hoping to get more involved in the club and volunteer at more events. I get to meet new people and I get more opportunities to volunteer around the community.”
“My personal favorite service project is shopping for Thanksgiving baskets to give to less fortunate families and delivering them so that they can have a Thanksgiving dinner like everyone else,” Burmeister said. Shopping for Thanksgiving baskets is a project that the club will soon begin to plan for.
Micah Poole, a first year member to Key Club is looking forward to the Homecoming parade float that the club puts together each year. Poole joined to get community service hours.
“I think I will learn the value in giving back to our community,” Poole said. “The club gives off a great community vibe which I would like to be apart of and being a Key Club member will look good on a college application.”
Students in Key Club receive leadership experience that other students are not exposed to. They also learn time management, communication skills, work ethic and responsibility.
“Key Club helps members gain leadership skills with the multitude of service projects and communication skills. Also, being in Key Club is helpful for a college resume and to help rack up service hours for other possible clubs you may be involved in or towards a service letter,” Burmeister said.
An exciting year is ahead for Key Club as they prepare for the upcoming service projects and welcome new members.
“I am very excited for all the new members,” Burmeister said. “It opens our doors to do more bigger and better service projects which can only benefit our club.”
Those who are interested in joining Key Club can do so by attending one of the weekly meetings in Johnston’s room.