Service Leadership Programs
One of Kiwanis's greatest accomplishments is the establishment of community service clubs in schools. These clubs are mentored by a Kiwanis advisor as well as a faculty advisor from the school, but are largely self-sufficient. They create their own budgets and calendars, and drive their own agendas for community service.
Almaden Valley Kiwanis sponsors two SLP clubs: the Key Club of Pioneer High School, and the Key Club of Leland High School.
Pioneer High School Key Club
Pioneer Key Club has been integrating new ideas and innovating old ideas into the 2011-2012 term. We have also taken on numerous new projects and community service opportunities.
We introduced new ways to expand member involvement at Key Club activities, such as community service events and divisional council meetings. For example, we initiated a point system, which is used to record the amount of activities Key Club members partake in throughout the year. Members receive a special Pokemon point card to keep track of their points. They begin as a starter Pokemon (Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur) and evolve as they earn more points. At the end of each month, one non-officer member is selected as the member of the month and is recognized for their participation and dedication to Key Club.
The point system has done its job by encouraging members to participate in events, and Key Club spirit has increased this year at Pioneer. In October, thirteen members attended the Regional Training Conference and ten members attended Fall Rally North. Everyone who attended the events exclaimed they had an amazing time and made lasting memories, and those that were unable to attend are excited to go next year. Additionally, it was great seeing the D12 South spirit being represented at Pioneer during Key Club Week. Members showed their Key Club spirit by wearing their D12 South shirts to school, and we thanked our staff advisor at our Wednesday meeting and posted on Facebook to thank our Kiwanis advisor. Members actively participated throughout the week and displayed their villain spirit!
Pioneer Key Club has also been buzzing with community service events. In October, members volunteered with our K-Kids at the Simonds 2011 Walk-a-Thon, raised awareness about breast cancer through Paint the Town Pink, raised funds for diabetes at Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, and supported cancer victims at Light the Night. Towards the end of October, Pioneer Key Club introduced Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Members responded enthusiastically and after just two weeks of collecting, twenty-five members were able to collect over $500 to support the Eliminate Project. In November, we volunteered at Sacred Heart and helped at the St. Judes Walk for Children. In addition, Pioneer Key Club spread holiday joy by volunteering at Toys for Tots, helping at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds, and wrapping presents at InnVision.
Pioneer Key Club has successfully ended an astounding 2011 year filled with Key Club spirit and community service events, but we are also eager to ring in 2012 with even more spirit and more service.
-- contributing writer Tiffany Trannguyen
Footnote: Pioneer High School Key Club has a Facebook page.