TEEN PAGE-Phoenixville High School Key Club: selfless students

Alyse, as Buddy the Elf, and Haley, as the gingerbread man, assisting in the Kiwanis Holiday Parade. Photo courtesy of Haley DeMartin

Princess Diana once said, “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” The selfless students of our school’s Key Club encourage aiding those in need.

Volunteering is intended to promote good and improve the human quality of life. Key Club, an international student-led organization with the intent to promote good, is a highly commended club focused on providing service for our school as well as the residents of Phoenixville.

In Key Club, the dominance of human and spiritual values in life are valued over the material possessions. This organization provides its members with opportunities to provide service while developing competent, capable, and caring leaders. In serving the school and community, the active members advance in leadership and initiative.

For the 2012-2013 school year, the club officers include Alexandra Wertman as President, Allysa Andrews as Vice President, Julie McNabb as Secretary, Carolyn Groener as Treasurer and Alyse Phillips as editor.

This club is the oldest and largest service program offered to not only our high school students, but communities around the world.

Key Club benefits the community through a variety of service projects, but also through monetary donations.

This school year so far has been a success for Key Club. In early September, members assisted St. Mary’s Shelter in moving into another building. During the month of November, club members tended to the Jaycees 5k and one mile run for fun, as well as raked leaves alongside the Phoenixville Shade Tree commission. As the holidays rolled around, students took part in the Kiwanis Holiday Parade. Throughout the month of October, the members ran a collection for Mom’s House of Phoenixville. Meanwhile, a canned goods drive was nourishing St. Mary’s Shelter.

Student members sacrifice their free time outside of school to assist on service projects as well as prepare for future obligations. Service projects are opportunities to meet new people, grow as a person, and cooperate with others to achieve a common goal. Typically, a service project assists the disadvantaged or underprivileged. Other projects serve a purpose of simply volunteering. Mr. Hughes, eight-year club advisor, expressed the importance in the service projects. “I think it’s something good to do as a human being,” he stated.

Any and all students are welcomed to join. This commendable club aims to service the deprived once to twice a month. Generally, the club’s activities can last anywhere from one to six hours. Projects typically take place during the weekends or after school, and are more commonly dated near the holidays. Extensive endeavors are broken down into two-hour shifts in order to make it more convenient for volunteers, and to have as many people involved as possible.

Mr. Hughes said, “ helps as a person because you’re helping someone else. I also think it might put things in perspective for you and makes you appreciate what you have.”

Club President Alex Wertman said, “It’s a great feeling to aid those in need. That’s what makes all the hours and all the work worthwhile, seeing the smile on someone’s face we’ve helped is the greatest reward there is.”

Key Club is a commendable and beneficial organization that is a valuable asset to Phoenixville. So why not offer a helping hand?

2012-2013 Key Club Service Projects

•Sept. 22: Moving St. Mary’s Shelter into a new building

•Oct. 6: Kiwanis Community Day

•Oct. 9 to 16: Collection for Mom’s House of Phoenixville

•Oct. 9 to 23: Canned goods collection for St. Mary’s Shelter

•Oct. 21: CROP walk for hunger

•Oct. 27: Assisted in Kiwanis Halloween party

•Nov. 10: Leaf raking with PHX Shade Tree Commission

•Nov. 24: Jaycees 5k run and 1 mile fun run

•Dec. 7: Assisted in Kiwanis Holiday Parade

Editor’s note: Gia Tedesco is a writer for The Purple Press, Phoenixville Area High School’s newspaper.