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Unlocking the Door to Community Service

By Matthew Zatz

The Key Club mainly focuses on community service and assisting people in need through organizing events like Adopt-A-Family, food drives and clothing drives. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic at large, the club was unable to commit to its original plans.

“Due to COVID-19 and all the restrictions in place, as well as the chance that we may close at any time, we are unable to collect gifts this year,” said Key Club adviser Ms. Bocchino.

The club still has plentiful plans of action on how they hope to aid people in need. Instead of doing these events in person, they will be collecting gift cards from stores like Walmart and Target so that families in need can be properly provided for.

“We are thinking about writing cards to people in nursing/veterans homes, and we are also trying to figure out how to hold a virtual reading night for elementary aged students,” said Ms. Bocchino.

The club had its first virtual meeting approximately two weeks ago to discuss its current plans of actions.

“We all understand that meeting virtually and keeping students interested and involved will be difficult, but everyone is determined to try and keep students engaged by coming up with new ideas that will make students enthusiastic to continue in the many clubs that they are involved in,” said Ms. Bocchino.

“I think it's a great idea because then we can all be involved and we still get to help people,” said junior Alexa Rago.

“I think it’s amazing that the school is able to continue clubs even though they are virtual, and I can't wait to see the accomplishments that we can achieve,” said sophomore Emily McKenna.

With the Key Club operating virtually this year, members may face obstacles when working to help people in need. However, students are continuing to find creative ways to keep people involved while giving back to the community.

Source by Sydney Hargrove, @sydneysscrapbook

Key Club has made it a yearly tradition to participate in the Thanksgiving food drive.


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