ACHS Key Club and Kiwanis Club Set to Help the Community

Key Club MembersSteve McMichaelJoshua SmithElizabeth SwartzChuck Fletcher

Helping the community and children is something that the new Kiwanis Club of Anderson County is passionate about.  The club along with its sister club at the Anderson County High School, called the Key Club, met this past Thursday to work together to help the community.

Chuck Fletcher, current president of the local Kiwanis Club as well as a former teacher at ACHS, said that Kiwanis International has across the world a total of over 600,000 members with 8,000 local clubs and another 8,000 youth clubs like the new Key Club at ACHS.  Together, they have raised over $107 million to fund a staggering 150,000 community service projects.

But the main purpose of the club is to work with children and the community.  Chuck explained that the meeting on Thursday would help bring both new clubs together in a mentorship relationship. “[The Kiwanis members] can know that they can give service to the community and along that teach [the Key Club members] leadership,” Chuck said.

Both sister clubs are growing steadily.  The Kiwanis Club currently has 14 members while the Key Club at ACHS has a staggering 38 members.  ACHS student, Joshua Smith, is heading the Key Club as president.

Key Club advisor as well as an ACHS arts and humanities teacher, Elizabeth Swartz, said that the Key Club will be doing many community service projects in the community.  She indicated that if any organization needs volunteers to contact her at the high school to schedule volunteers to help.

A former graduate of ACHS, Steve McMichael, was also present for the meeting describing how he helped create a Kiwanis Club in Hardin County.  A year and a half in, the Hardin County club is growing steadily and helping the community.

Chuck wants to see the Anderson County family of clubs flourish with more school oriented clubs being formed later at the middle school and elementary schools.  He, along with other Kiwanis members, would like to see Key Club parents join to help the community alongside their children in the school clubs.  Together, they see great opportunities for help in the community.

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