What We Do:
Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing, and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects, and holding leadership positions at the club, district, and international levels.
Key Club’s History:
The first Key Club formed in 1925 in Sacramento, California with 11 charter members. Key Club was the idea of two Sacramento Kiwanis club members, Albert C. Olney and Frank C. Vincent, who were also high school administrators. They approached their Kiwanis club with the idea of starting a junior service club in the high school. It would resemble Kiwanis, have its own classifications based on school interests, and hold official meetings.
The club was comprised of the key boys in the school, willing to serve the school in any way possible and to create better school spirit. Thus, the club was called Key Club. Soon, the club that started out as a vocational guidance program expanded to become a complete service organization for the whole school. It also offered a social aspect to balance its service activities.
Today, Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students in the world. It has more than 250,000 members in 5,000 clubs in 30 countries.
Key Club is available for students their freshman through senior year. Anyone is welcome to join at any point in the year! It is a great way to meet new friends who have a positive impact on our community. It is also wonderful to have on a resume for a job and/or college. Your senior year, you will also be eligible for a college scholarship. Sign up to help your community today!
Membership dues are $15 at the beginning of each year. Listen to the announcements at the beginning of the year to find out how to get involved!
Events we have done in the past:
- NPHS Concessions Fund Raising
- North Platte Rail Fest
- Pancake Feeds in support of other local organizations.
- Sylvan Aid Station for the Chris Jarvis Autumn River Run
- Club T-shirts
- Delivered boxed Thanksgiving meals from Disable American Veterans to local disabled Veterans
- Christmas at the Cody’s Room Decorating and Barn Stall Fund Decorating Raising and Ticket Taking and Cookie and Hot Chocolate Station
- Cody Park Rides and Concessions Night during December and Cody Park Santa’s Workshop
- Elementary fun nights
- Volunteer at the Children’s Museum
- Kiwanis Pancake Feed
- Gift wrapping at Christmas
- Make/Deliver Valentine’s for nursing homes
- May Day baskets for NPHS Staff
- Highway cleanup
Follow us on Twitter: @NPHSClubs
Larry Young is the SODEXO Nutrition Services General Manager for North Platte Public Schools