The Kiwanis Family includes clubs that play a special role in developing future generations of leaders. K-Kids Clubs at the elementary school level, Builders Clubs in middle and junior high schools, and Key Clubs in high schools, all are Kiwanis organizations that teach community service and leadership skills to young people. The Redmond Kiwanis Club sponsors a Key Club for high school students at the Redmond High School in the Lake Washington School District, and plans to establish K-Kids and Builders Clubs in the local School District in the future.
K-Kids provide the opportunity for elementary school students to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, morals and standards, and respect for others through involvement in community service projects. Members learn that their opinions and ideas count and that they can be productive members of society. They form sound personal values and experience satisfaction in knowing they did something to help improve the world around them. K-Kids members learn to work together as a group and yet be strong individually. (K-Kids International Web Site)
Builders Clubs offer an opportunity for middle school-aged students to develop leadership qualities through volunteer community service to their school, community, and peers. As the motto “We Build” indicates, Builders Clubs are for young people who want to take positive, constructive action to build a better world for themselves and others. In addition, Builders Club develops leadership potential and fosters the development of strong moral character. Builders Club members experience the thrill of accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing their efforts make a difference for those they help. (Builders Club International Web Site)
Key Clubs promote the ideals of voluntary service to others and provides high school students with opportunities for leadership development. Most Key Club members are required to perform a certain number of hours of service work each year. Today, Key Clubs are the world’s largest service club for high school students, and have over 217,000 members. Key Clubs are active in over 4,800 high schools in the United States, Canada, and 18 other nations. Every year, two hundred or more new Key Clubs are added to this fast growing organization. Well over 1 million adult men and women today can look back on Key Club as part of their high school experience. (Key Club International Web Site)
Redmond High School Key Club (Facebook Page)
The Key Club at the Redmond High School has about 20-30 students who come to club meetings and participate in service activities. The club advisor is Mrs. Mason-Shaeffer, a high school teacher, and the president of the club is Aaron Ong . The photo at the right shows Key Club members working on a fund raising project with the Redmond Kiwanis Club (click on the photo to see an enlarged photo).
The major community service activities done by the Key Club include:
- Serving for the Redmond Historic Society
- Working with the Redmond Nourishing Networks committee to come up with solutions for hunger and homelessness in the Redmond area
- Helping out with Kiwanis sponsored events such as road cleanups and the Beat the Bunny 5K run
- Serving the school in various ways such as setting up events and cleaning up the campus
- Helping the Old Firehouse Teen Center with various events they run