BY TAYLOR MANDEL
Cooper City High School’s Key Club has recently initiated a number of ongoing and upcoming events that are striving to help both the school and community.
Key Club is a community service based club that helps support the school and community. It is the oldest and largest student-led service club for high school students across America.
“Key club is broken up into committees, therefore multiple things are going on at one time, all being planned by different people,” said Felicia Steinberg, Vice President of Fundraising.
Campus clean-up, which last took place on February 19th, is a monthly project where members participate in a massive clean up for CCHS. It is advertised by signs and posters around the school made by Key Club members. Each month a different Key Club board member is assigned to plan the clean- up. This month’s coordinator was Felicia Steinberg. Campus clean-ups are solely a volunteered service, and help to make CCHS more clean for everyone.
The annual Orange Blossom Festival, that will take place on February 26th through the 27th in Davie, FL, is a celebration of Davie. Key Club is attending to collect signatures for their X THE TXT petition, and to sell coupon books to raise money for the Safe Drinking Water Project. Key Club’s goal is to to collect as many signatures as possible and to sell enough coupon books to raise money for the Safe Drinking Water Project, which is a project that raises money to provide safe drinking water for families in third world countries.
X THE TXT, is an ongoing event this year organized by Felicia Steinberg and Jenny Tinter. The goal of X THE TXT is to make texting while driving illegal in Florida in order to prevent car accidents and save lives.
The next blood drive will be held on March 10th and is being put together by committee chairs, Abby Kaufman, Cory Pratt, and Kaity Pratt. Nurses will come to CCHS and draw blood from students who volunteer to be donors. The purpose of this event is to save the lives of people in need of blood transfusions.
Becca’s Closet, is a non- profit organization that helps girls who are less fortunate find their dream dresses for prom. Put together by the founders of the organization, Pam and Jim Kirtman and CCHS Key Club committee chair, Janat Matthew, Key Club volunteers go down to the store on Sample Road to work with girls to find their perfect dress. Girls make appointments to come in, and the Key Club volunteers work with the girls to get their specific sizes, colors, and styles that they are looking for. They are, as Steinberg calls it, their “personal shoppers” for the day. This is a seasonal event, usually around the times of homecoming and prom.
The Souperbowl of Caring is technically two different events. Key Club is collecting cans from clubs and certain classes as a competition. All cans are donated to the EASE foundation, an organization that helps feed and shelter needy families in the Davie/Cooper City area. SGA is doing their own version of the Souperbowl on February 23. They are auctioning off teachers and boys, as well as bowls to raise money for the EASE foundation.
With all these ongoing events, Key Club is making our community a better place, one step at a time.
“Key Club involvement helps foster students’ commitment to service and teach leadeship skills necessary to carry out and direct others in their endeavors,” said Mrs. Klitzner, teacher and sponsor of CCHS’s Key Club. “It is wonderful to see so many students care about their community and those less fortunate.”