Key Club: Helping The Community One Service Hour At A Time


Ryan Strickland

November 1st through November 5th, the Armuchee Key Club participated in the annual “Key Club Week.” During Key Club Week, every day is themed around an activity. In the next few weeks, Key Club is participating in more community outreach projects. On December 4th and 18th, Key Club is helping out the Salvation Army by doing “bell ringing” at Hobby Lobby in order to raise money for the foundation. Alongside this, on December 8th, Key Club is providing its services to the Holiday Hotcakes event. This event is a fundraiser for the Armuchee-Glenwood Foundation who gives scholarships to our seniors here at AHS. Emalee Collins, sophomore, said, “I’m pretty excited about our December projects.” 

Key Club Week:

  • Monday was “Show Your K” w

    here all members wore their Key Club shirts.

  • Tuesday, the theme was “Kudos to The Key Players.” All members of Key Club leadership had a celebratory breakfast for Mrs. Mowery and Mrs. Byrnes. The members brought chicken biscuits from Chick-fil-a and presented flowers along with thankful cards for all that they have done for Key Club and the student body as a whole.
  • Wednesday, the theme was “Dare to Share” where Key Club members posted a picture or GIF to their social media that demonstrated how their chapter was unique.
  • Thursday’s theme was “Random Acts of Kindness;” members participated in an act of kindness for someone they didn’t know and were encouraged to take a picture of the act to post on their social media page. [See photos]
  • Friday, members “Connected the K’s.” All members from both the Armuchee and Rome Key Clubs’ met at Chick-fil-a to “Connect the K’s” and converse with another about ways to improve the community.

Overall, Key Club week was a complete success and Key Club is very excited for next year. Mrs. Mowery said, “I think we can plan some more ideas for next year and that will be a good thing.”

This year, Key Club has amassed over 50 members. Gavin Outler, senior and co-president, said, “I wanted to join Key Club because I saw it as an opportunity to make friends while helping my community, and that’s exactly what the club has been for me.” Key Club has also participated in over 9 community service events this year with more on the way in the winter. Kaylee Nichols, sophomore, said, “One of my favorite [events] has been Brighter Birthdays, a local organization providing gifts on their birthdays to children in need.We gather supplies for people who may not be able to afford them.” Brighter Birthdays has become Key Club’s most frequent outreach organization. Around once a month, all Key Clubbers will meet in the library or Mrs. Mowery’s room to pack bags filled with school supplies and some fun items. Emalee Collins, sophomore, said, “I think service is something that can bring us all together. So I think that [Brighter Birthdays] is… a good way to help out the community.” Key Club also volunteers at events like Tribefest. 

Every year, Key Club members vote on who will represent them in a leadership position. From Class Officer to Historian and even President, there is a variety of options for anyone freshman to senior. Lydia Hyde, class officer and freshman, said, “ I wanted to be in a leadership role because I knew that leadership is something that I wanted to do. I love helping others in a way that is nice.” For the first time, this year there are two presidents in Key Club, Gavin Outler, and Kaitlyn Cowan. Both attained the exact amount of votes in order to reach that position last year. Gavin Outler, senior, said, “Being a co-president is very beneficial. I have another person I can depend on to help me lead the club. It’s very helpful to have another person to help plan events. Both Kaitlyn and I are able to pick up each other’s slack in situations where we may fall short.’’